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Musicke Antiqua Provides 'A Renaissance Feast' At Library- Brevard, NC


December 21, 2017

Ray Adams

Musicke Antiqua performs at the Transylvania County Library during lunch this past Tuesday.

Musicke Antiqua, a group of local performers of music from the Medieval and Renaissance though the Baroque and Modern eras, played "A Renaissance Feast" at the Transylvania County Library Tuesday.

The group performs in period costumes on replicas of a wide variety of early music instruments, including recorders, double reed instruments, strings and percussion.

On Tuesday, they performed Christmas Carols from as early at the 1300s, such as "Personent Hodie" and "Dona Nobis Pacem," as well as more traditional tunes, such as "Joy to the World, " "Hark the Herald Angels Sing" and "Silent Night."

Ray Adams

Arlin Geyer (left) and Susan McCann (right) play recorders as Rita Black plays her capped double reed woodwind instrument.

Musicke Antiqua seeks to enrich cultural life through exciting, historically informed live performances and educational programs designed to inspire a new appreciation of early music and enable and support the study of early music and instruments.

​ Musicke Antiqua began as a recorder trio in Brevard in 2000 and now includes 13 members from Transylvania and surrounding counties. Many of its members are retirees from the fields of education, music, computer science, language, journalism, sociology, botany, mathematics, psychology, cartography, missionary work and ministry.

The group is led by Sharen Hafner. Members include Dick Bayley, Lynn Baylet, Rita Black, Bob Cannon, Arlin Geyer, Susan Hartley, Stephen Klein, Carol Kronus, Susan McCann, Jinm Manhart, Nanette Manhart, Ben Potter and Don Taws.


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