Posted: Tuesday Jan 29, 2013
Jan. 29, 2013
Asteria, a vocal duet with lute specializing in Renaissance music, will be the next presentation in the Saint Vincent College Concert Series at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23. The location of the concert, originally scheduled in the Performing Arts Center of the Robert S. Carey Student Center, has been moved to the Saint Vincent Basilica Crypt (lower church).
The duo is comprised of the husband and wife team of Eric Redlinger (tenor and lute), and Sylvia Rhyne, (soprano). Their program will consist of Renaissance love songs. Redlinger is an expert in early music, and Rhyne has starred on Broadway.
Asteria burst onto the national Early Music scene in 2004, winning Early Music America's first Unicorn Prize for Medieval and Renaissance Music with a performance heralded by the New York Times as "intimate and deeply communicative...meltingly beautiful." This engaging duo brings out the passion and emotional impact of late medieval vocal and instrumental music with timeless love songs of wide appeal, transporting their listeners back to the age of chivalry. Redlinger's skill on the lute and sweet tenor voice are complemented by his expertise in early music, earned through study at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis and extensive archival research into original sources in the European musical archives of the Hague, Basel and Marburg. Rhyne brings to the partnership not only her quicksilver soprano but also a strong dramatic connection with the audience, gained from a professional career in musical theater. She has starred internationally as Christine in "The Phantom of the Opera," and on Broadway as Joanna in "Sweeny Todd" under the direction of Harold Prince, Susan Schulman and Stephen Sondheim. Further information about the duo is available at www.nueva.asteriamusica.com
Admission is $25 for adults and $15 for non-Saint Vincent students. Tickets may be purchased online at http://concertseries.stvincent.edu, by calling 724 805-2565, or at the door on concert evenings.
A dinner concert package, A Classic Evening at Saint Vincent, is offered for $50 with advance reservations.
The final two concerts in the 2012/2014 season will be Tempesta di Mare – Philadelphia Baroque Chamber Players, March 2; and Veit Hertenstein, viola, April 20.
The Saint Vincent College Concert Series receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. These grant funds are administered in this region by the Pennsylvania Rural Arts Alliance.
Further details are available by contacting the Concert Series Box Office, 724 805-2565 or http://concertseries.stvincent.edu.
Photo: Asteria Renaissance Duo