***This concert is presented in collaboration with CALL’s Noontime Series. Learn more about CALL (Calvin Academy for Lifelong Learning).***
The Early Music Consort of Grand Rapids is an ensemble of musicians from Calvin College and the Grand Rapids area dedicated to the performance of early music on historical instruments. The ensemble performs widely in West Michigan, offering concerts and educational programs ranging from songs and dances of the Middle Ages and Renaissance to the masterpieces of solo and chamber music of the Baroque era. Founded in the 1970s, the Early Music Consort is currently led by Calvin Stapert and Timothy Steele, and the membership expands and contracts as repertoire demands. For the 2014-15 season they are joined by sopranos Benita Wolters-Fredlund and Lisa Walhout, tenor Keith Fredlund, guitarist William Brettschneider, and harpsichordist David Diephouse, and their program features music of the 17th-century, including Monteverdi's Scherzi Musicali and a variety of sacred and secular music by Schütz, Purcell and others.
Elizabeth Wooster Colpean joined the Grand Rapids Symphony in 2000 as principal harpist and has appeared with the orchestra as soloist on several occasions. Prior to her appointment, Ms. Colpean held the same position with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Colpean has participated in a number of international music festival including the Pacific Music Festival, the National Repertory Orchestra, the Tanglewood Music Festival, and the Seventh World Harp Congress in Prague, Czech Republic. In August 2000, she performed at the Tanglewood Music Festival in a distinguished alumni concert during their acclaimed Festival of Contemporary Music and in 2002 performed at the American Harp Society Conference in a two-harp recital with her mother. She holds degrees from Southern Methodist University and the Cleveland Institute of Music. Elizabeth Colpean lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and when not teaching or performing enjoys spending time with her husband and three young children.
2011 West Michigan Jazz Society Musician of the Year Edye Evans Hyde has been singing jazz, blues and pop music for over 30 years in West Michigan, Los Angeles, Asia and Europe. Over the years, Edye shared the stage with world-renowned blues singer Linda Hopkins, pop singer Michael Bolton, vocalist Maria Muldaur, actress Connie Stevens, the late Ray Charles, and Cuban trumpet player Arturo Sandoval.
Edye’s theatrical performances include principle roles in Dream Girls, Ain’t Misbehavin', Smokey Joe’s Café, Little Shop of Horrors, Blues for an Alabama Sky, Intimate Apparel, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill, Ragtime, and Having Our Say.
Edye also appears with The Grand Rapids Symphony as a narrator for the Symphony Lollipops and sang with The West Shore Symphony performing songs from her acclaimed albums Girl Talk and Lady with A Song. She recently released her newest album, Magic In His Eyes. You can find the recording on www.cdbaby.com/cd/edyeevanshyde.
Currently, you can see Edye on the TBN television series Come on Over, the webseries Backstage Drama, and other film and television productions.
David Reimer is associate professor of music at Calvin, teaching violin and supervising the string program. He holds his DMA from the Ohio State University as well as MM and BM degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music where he studied with Bernard Goldschmidt. Dr. Reimer is active in chamber music, orchestral music and as a soloist. He is concertmaster and soloist for the Baroque on Beaver Island Orchestra and is featured on a CD entitled Meditatio.