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Over the past decade the Newberry Consort, led by violist da gamba Mary Springfels, has taken concertgoers on numerous delectable educational journeys back to the Renaissance and the Middle Ages. Florence, Rome, Venice, London, and Paris have been frequent stops, with an occasional excursion to Spain and Germany. But the northern countries have been mostly bypassed. This curious neglect is being redressed at the Newberry's season opener, with a program from 17th-century Holland. The Netherlands back then were a prosperous maritime power and a bastion of enlightenment and cultural refinement, the home of Spinoza and scientist Christian Huygens. Music played an important part in everyday life; the upper crust and the merchant class alike sought out musicians from other lands and delighted in cross-fertilization of ideas and techniques. The Newberry's sampler, which includes vocal and instrumental pieces by Jacob van Eyck, Nicholas Vallet, and Cornelius Hacquart, is sure to convey the richness and variety of that milieu. Joining consort regulars Springfels, David Douglass, and countertenor Drew Minter are virtuoso lutenist Paul O'Dette (taking over for Kevin Mason, who has left the group) and, appropriately enough, Marion Verbruggen, the esteemed Dutch recorder player. Friday, 8 PM, Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton. Saturday, 8 PM, Lily Reid Holt Memorial Chapel, Lake Forest College, 555 N. Sheridan, Lake Forest. 943-9090, ext. 381.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photos/Irene Young, Bruce Powell.

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