Madrigals Then and Now
6:00-6:45 p.m. exhibition tour and short performance
7:30-9:00 p.m. concert and reception

Presented by The Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, Design and Culture in conjunction with BGC’s exhibition, "English Embroidery from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1580-1700: 'Twixt Art and Nature," on view through April 12th at The Bard Graduate Center, 18 West 86th Street, New York

$30 general, $20 seniors and students
For tickets and information, please call Sarah Wilson at 212-501-3011 or email

Meet us at 6:00 pm at The Bard Graduate Center, 18 West 86th Street, for a guided tour of the exhibition and a short preview of the concert to come.  Then, move to The Dorot, 171 West 85th Street, for a 7:30 performance of Madrigals Then and Now.

We will perform a selection of English madrigals, including works by Thomas Morley, a contemporary of Shakespeare, and then trace the influence of these early madrigals on later composers, including Gilbert and Sullivan, Benjamin Britten, Theodore Wiprud, P.D.Q. Bach and others.

Joining us in this concert will be Sopranos Deborah van Renterghem and Lindsey Blackhurst.
Deborah van Renterghem, soprano, has performed with prominent opera companies and orchestras in the U.S. and abroad.  She has sung for Santa Fe Opera, American Symphony Orchestra, Theater der Stadt Heidelberg, Palau de les Arts in Valencia Spain, Helsinki Strings, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Tulsa Opera, Gotham Chamber Opera, Harrisburg Opera, Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana and at the Hessischer Rundfunk.

Lindsey Blackhurst, soprano, has acted and sung in shows from children's theatre to opera, in Denver and New York City and currently teaches chorus and drama to 7th and 8th grade students in Bronxville, New York.  Favorite roles include:  Luisa/The Fantasticks, Lucy/You're a Good Man Charlie Brown, Bottom/A Midsummer Night's Dream, Ensemble/The Laramie Project. She received her M/MA from Teachers College, Columbia University and her BFA at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

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