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Ment Consort

March 10, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm


Ment Consort
A Baroque Menagerie
The Ment Consort is an early music quartet formed in Chicago in 2015 with the intention
of presenting the experimental and revolutionary music of the 17th
and 18th centuries in a way that sounds new and fresh. Through historical performances on period instruments, Ment considers how baroque composers stretched the boundaries of the instruments, techniques, and
musical genres of their time.
The core members of the group consist of Kiyoe Matsuura on baroque violin, Morgan
Little on baroque cello, Jason Moy on harpsichord, and Mary Arendt, soprano voice. The Ment
Consort has collaborated with esteemed harpsichordists Alexander Weimann and Ketil Haugsand
and has presented full length programs of music from France, Italy, and Germany. The Ment
Consort will perform in Rochester this June as part of the Pegasus Rising Early Music Series. As
the members of the group are no longer all locally based, we are looking forward to the unique
opportunity to reunite this winter and present our music to Chicago area audiences once again.
“A Baroque Menagerie”
Program Duration: approximately 45 minutes
The MENT Consort explores the phenomenon of animal sounds in music from the
Baroque. Each piece on this program mimics the sounds, behaviors, or personalities of specific
animals, from birds to amphibians to mammals, using creative and innovative compositional
techniques of that time period. We hope that many of the pieces will be new or unfamiliar to the
average audience member.
Johann Heinrich Schmelzer (1623-1680)
Violin Sonata in A Minor, “Cu-Cu”
George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
“Qual Farfalletta” from Partenope, HWV 27
“Oh! That I On Wings Could Rise” from Theodora, HWV 68
Maurizio Cazzati (1616-1678)
“La Pellicana,” op. 55
Pietro Torri (1650-1737)
“Son Rosignolo”
Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767)
“Seele, lerne dich erkennen”
Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber (1644-1704)
Sonata Representativa in A Major
Nachtigal (Nightingale)
CuCu (Cuckoo)
Fresch (Frog)
Die Henn & Der Hann (Cock & Hen)
Die Wachtel (Quail)
Die Katz (Cat)
Musqetir Mars (Musketeer’s March)


March 10, 2018
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm


Narloch Piano Studio
4636 N Francisco Ave
Chicago, IL United States