January 28, 2003
The King's Noyse

The King's Noyse
Renaissance Violin Band with Paul O'Dette, Lutenist and Ellen Hargis, Soprano

Underwritten by: Macatawa Bank

This performance is unavailable for broadcast.

The King’s Noyse recreates the popular Renaissance violin band, fabulous entertainer of the rich and poor alike in 16th- and 17th-century Europe. The innovative fiddlers play on a set, or noyse, of Renassaince-style violins of all sizes, the only set of its kind in North America and crafted especially for this ensemble. Called a “first-rate period instrument group” by The New York Times, the core ensemble of five string players and soprano soloist Ellen Hargis is joined by Paul O’Dette, the most famous contemporary lutenist. The ensemble will perform the music of John Dowland. Renowned for its sad charms, Dowland’s music was popular during the Renaissance. His work reaches across the divide of the centuries to our deepest emotions.