CWRU's Music Department Announces 25th Anniversary Chapel Court & Countryside Season

News Release: August 19, 2010

The Case Western Reserve University Department of Music announces the 25th anniversary and final season of Chapel, Court & Countryside: Early Music at Harkness, which opens Sunday, Sept. 19.

The series presents four concerts by artists of international renown who will bring to life the music of earlier ages in an accessible and entertaining manner. All concerts take place in Harkness Chapel, 11200 Bellflower Road, on the Case Western Reserve campus.

Each performance is followed by an informal question-and-answer session with the artists, offering the audience a chance to get better acquainted with the musicians, as well as the repertoire. The ensembles' residencies also include educational programs for students in the Case Western Reserve/Cleveland Institute of Music Joint Music Program and for students at the Cleveland School of the Arts.


Sunday, Sept. 19, 3 p.m.
The Newberry Consort, David Douglass, director, “The Loves of Queen Elizabeth”: An Early Movie with Music
Actress Sarah Bernhardt was so successful portraying Queen Elizabeth I on the French stage that moviemakers wanted to share it with the world. The result—an early 20th-century phenomenon—becomes 21st-century performance art, when the Newberry Consort performs Elizabethan music—LIVE!—to accompany the 1912 silent film, Queen Elizabeth. A consort of viols, along with world-famous early music diva Ellen Hargis, performs dramatic music from the time of “Fair Oriana.”

Tuesday, Jan. 25, at 7:30 p.m.
Sequentia: Ensemble for Medieval Music, Benjamin Bagby, director
“Voices from the Island Sanctuary”: Ecclesiastical Singers in Paris (1180–1230) 
Sequentia is one of the world’s most respected and innovative ensembles for medieval music. An international group of singers and instrumentalists, it is united in Paris under the direction of the legendary performer and teacher Benjamin Bagby, who thrilled Chapel Court &Countryside audiences with his stirring interpretation of Beowulf. For 4 decades, Sequentia has performed around the globe, bringing to life ageless music from centuries past.

Friday, Feb. 18, at 7:30 p.m.
CWRU Early Music Faculty presents “Music Among Friends”
Julie Andrijeski, baroque violin
Debra Nagy, baroque oboe & recorder
Mary Kay Fink, baroque flute
René Schiffer, baroque cello
Peter Bennett, harpsichord
World-class artists, who are faculty in the CWRU/CIM Joint Music Program, offer 17th- and 18th-century chamber music at its virtuosic best. Composers like Platti, Janitsch, and Telemann will delight your ears, as we celebrate Case Western Reserve’s nationally renowned Historical Performance Program.

Sunday, May 1, at 7:30 p.m.
Ton Koopman
Early Keyboards: Solo Recital
Dutch artist Ton Koopman has earned international acclaim as organist and harpsichordist, as well as founder and conductor of the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir. He has appeared in the most important concert halls and festivals of the five continents. For three years, starting in 2011, he will be an artist-in-residence at the Cleveland Orchestra, which shares in this very special presentation.

Ticket Information:
Tickets are $25 for the general public; $21 for seniors (65 and older) and members of early music societies; free for CWRU/CIM/CSA students; $4 for orchestra, band and choral students (K—12); $9 for other students (full-time). Group discounts are also available. Tickets can be purchased through the music department or at the door. Harkness Chapel is wheelchair-accessible.

For more information, call 216.368.2402, email or

Posted by: Susan Griffith, August 19, 2010 06:44 PM | News Topics: Official Release