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August 21, 2016

3 PM at the
Stamford United Methodist Church
88 Main St, Stamford NY Calendar General Info Contact FoM Donate Founders & VIPs Concert Archive

Artwork depicting a mixed consort

Detail showing the mixed consort of “six several instruments” (clockwise: lute, cittern, bass viol, bandora, violin, flute) accompanying maskers performing a pavan (a processional dance), from a mural depicting scenes from the life of Sir Henry Unton (1557–1596), National Gallery, London.

The Bacheler Consort is named after the late-Elizabethan lute virtuoso Daniel Bacheler (1572–1619), a most imaginative composer of mixed consort music whose genius is becoming more widely known today. The Consort varies its ensemble size and instrumental lineup to offer a variety of music shows, from intimate recitals of lute music to fully-staged Jacobean masques and dramatic works. The Consort has been together since 2003 and has acquired a reputation for combining scholarly research with cutting-edge historical performance practice. It is in this alchemy that the Consort aspires to conjure up the more elusive aesthetics of Renaissance music-making.


August 21, 2016

The Bacheler Consort

John Mark Rozendaal, treble viol
Deborah Booth, recorder and flutes
Christopher Morrongiello, lutes, director
Matthew Weinman, cittern and lute
Jason Priset, bandora
Scott Zoid, bass viol
Alexandra Olsavksy, soprano
Eric Alexieff, tenor
Rex Benincasa, historical percussion

Admission is at the door only by suggested donation of $12 for adults, $6 for senior citizens and students and anyone under 13 years of age is admitted at no charge. Refreshments are served after the concert catered by A Taste of Europe Restaurant.

Thank you!” to all of our donors and especially to the Robinson-Broadhurst Foundation for your generous support which makes this concert and our entire season possible.

Visit their Web site at to read more about the group and to hear examples of their work, and read more about the individual artists below.

Photo of John Mark Rozendaal, treble viol.


John Mark Rozendaal (treble viol) specializes in teaching and performing stringed instrument music from the Baroque and Renaissance eras. As founding Artistic Director of Chicago Baroque Ensemble, JMR performed and led seven seasons of subscription concerts, educational programs, radio broadcasts, and recordings for the Cedille and Centaur labels. Rozendaal served as principal cellist of The City Musick and Basically Bach, and has performed both solo and continuo roles with many period instrument ensembles including the Newberry Consort, Orpheus Band, the King's Noyse, Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra and Soli Deo Gloria's Chicago Bach Project. JMR performs as a member of Trio Settecento with violinist Rachel Barton Pine and harpsichordist David Schrader; as a member of Repast Baroque Ensmeble; and as a member of the viol consort Sonnambula. Rozendaal's viola da gamba playing has been praised as "splendid" (Chicago Tribune), and "breathtaking" (Sun-Times).

Highlights of the 2012-2013 season include appearances with Brandywine Baroque (Delaware); and participation in Indiana University - Purdue University's Cagefest, a centennial celebration of the work of John Cage. Recordings are available on the Cedille and Centaur labels.

A dedicated teacher, Rozendaal is in demand as a workshop teacher and often joins the faculties of the Viola da Gamba Society of America Conclave, Viols West’s annual workshop, Amherst Early Music, Madison Early Music Festival, and the Music Institute of Chicago’s annual Baroque Festival. JMR teaches private lessons and Viola da Gamba Dojo classes at his studio in Manhattan.

Photo of Deborah Booth, recorders and flute.


Deborah Booth (recorders and flutes) is an active performer of historical and modern wind instruments, and the co-founder and director of Ensemble BREVE and St. Michael’s Baroque Ensemble. Performances include the Handel & Haydn Society, the Orchestra of St. Luke's, Boston Early Music Festival, Amherst Early Music, Trinity Bach Vespers (NYC), Dorian Baroque Orchestra, Big Apple Baroque, recorder soloist with the Ciompi Quartet, Gotham City Baroque Orchestra, Long Island Baroque Ensemble, Bacchanalia Baroque Ensemble, and Ivory Consort. Ms. Booth has toured extensively in the United States, Europe, Mexico, and South America.

Conversations, a recording of 17th and 18th century music for recorder and flute with harpsichord, organ, viola da gamba, cello, and bassoon was released in September of 2012. The recording was recently reviewed in American Recorder: “rich approach, wonderful results, vigorous yet nuanced playing, lively, clever and substantive conversation…”

Ms. Booth teaches in New York City and Greenwich, CT, and has taught and played each summer at the Amherst Early Music Festival and numerous other summer festivals. She is in demand nationally as a workshop director for the American Recorder Society and the National Flute Association, conducted The Recorder Orchestra of New York (RONY), and has taught on the faculty of Marymount Manhattan College.

Photo of Christopher Morrongiello, lutes, director.


Christopher Morrongiello (lutes, director), a former British Marshall Scholar, is a graduate of the Mannes College of Music, the Royal College of Music, and the University of Oxford, where he earned a Ph.D. in musicology. As a recitalist, Christopher has performed to critical acclaim throughout Europe and the United States. In 1993 he was a prizewinner in the BBC Radio Two Young Musician of the Year Competition and in 1996 was awarded a Marco Fodella Foundation Scholarship for studies and research in Milan, Italy. In 2006, the Lute Society of America conferred upon him its first Patrick O’Brien LSA Seminar Lectureship.

Heralded as an innovative music director and creator of large-scale dramatic works, Christopher has a gift for bringing music of the Renaissance and Baroque to life in its literary and social context. His musical portrait of the Elizabethan muse and songstress Penelope Devereux, created for soprano Emily Van Evera (My Lady Rich, Avie Records 0045), has been described by Renaissance Magazine as “a presentation of unusual quality and beauty” and by the New York Times as “an inspired idea… a vivid and touching portrait.”

Christopher is a professor in music history at Hofstra University and teaches lute and related historical plucked instruments in his private studio in Long Island, New York. He is a member of the Venere Lute Quartet and ALBA Consort, and directs the Bacheler Consort and Hofstra Collegium Musicum. Recently, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York made several, beautiful video recordings of his playing on a gut-strung, late 16th-century lute by Wendelin Tieffenbrucker, as well as on copies of lutes in their priceless musical instrument collection:

Photo of Matthew Weinman, cittern and lute.


Matthew Weinman (cittern and lute) residing in New Jersey, graduated from the Mannes College of Music in Historical Performance and earned his Master’s in Music from Columbia University. He has published The Renaissance Fake Book, The Continuo Players Book of Grounds and Popular Elizabethan Lute Music among other works for Turtels & Twins Press, for which he is editor and proprietor. He is also a composer for the lute, harpsichord & consort music, demonstrating his vast knowledge of 16th and Early 17th-century compositional forms as a stimulus to invention. His works have been published by the Lute Society of England, The Lute Society of America and soon, Le Luth Doré. Mr. Weinman studied Renaissance Lute, Theorbo and Baroque Guitar with Pat O'Brien and Paul O'Dette, and Music Theory and Composition Studies with Dan Cataneo, David Loeb and Robert Cuckson. Matthew Weinman is a core member of The Bacheler Consort and has been performing, teaching and composing for 29 Years.

Photo of Jason Priset, bandora.


Based out of New York City, Jason Priset (bandora) is a regular soloist and performer in the United States. Jason has appeared in concert and as a soloist for Bach Vespers, the Chamber Music Society of Detroit, Early Music New York, Great Music in a Great Space, and the Riverside Symphony to name a few, including performances in the Cathedral of St. John the Divine and Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in Manhattan. Jason holds a Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.) from Stony Brook University and specializes in a variety of plucked guitar and lute-related instruments. Aside from an active performance career Dr. Priset is currently the Director for the Lute Society of America Summer Seminar.

Photo of Scot Zoid, bass viol.


A multi-instrument performer, Scot Zoid (bass viol) became a member of the Viola da Gamba Dojo of New York in 2010, where he currently studies with John Mark Rozendaal. This experience led him to found the Viola da Gamba Dojo of West Hempstead (NY) in 2013, which has six members and growing. Together with Ryan Closs (lute), he co-founded the West Hempstead Consort, an ensemble of early instrument performers. At present, he is Chair of the Local Outreach Committee of the Viola da Gamba Society of America and is a former board member of the Viola da Gamba Society of New York. Since 2008, Scott has held a position at the Malverne School of Music where he teaches viol, guitar, bass, ukelele, piano and music theory. As founder and proprietor of Scot Zoid Instruments, he builds and performs with electric viols, electric arepeggione and guitars.

Photo of Alexandra Olsavsky, soprano.


Alexandra Olsavsky (soprano) is a Chicago-based singer known for her diverse abilities in early music, theatrical and chamber music. She has performed with many ensembles around the globe. Notable highlights from the 2016–2017 season include an international debut as a featured soloist with Italy’s leading early music fusion ensemble, La Chimera, the development and release of a new visceral show with leading female acapella trio, Artemisia, and a debut with the Bach and Beethoven Ensemble of Chicago as “Peggy” in the U.S. premiere of Allan Ramsay’s The Good Shepherd, a rarely performed 1725 Scottish opera derived from the native fiddle and folk music traditions of Scotland. Alexandra had performed with many noted ensembles, including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Opera Playhouse, Chicago Sinfonietta, Lakeside Singers, Oregon Bach Festival Chorus, Haymarket Opera Company, Lira Ensemble, Savoyaires, CUBE Ensemble, Oriana Singers, Bacheler Consort, and as a member of the backing ensemble for the Rolling Stones’ “50 and Counting” tour. For more information and a detailed season schedule, please visit

Photo of Eric Alexieff, tenor.


Eric Alexieff (tenor) hails from Brooklyn, NY, where he began his vocal studies at LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts. He then studied in NYU Steinhardt’s Classical Voice program under Dr. Scott Murphree. He is a member of Staten Island-based early music ensemble Voyces, with which he has had the tenor leads in their productions of Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo and Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas. His previous credits includes Ferrando and Don Basilio from Mozart’s Cosi fan Tutte and Le Nozze di Figaro respectively, Luiz from Gilbert and Sullivan’s Gondoliers and has been parts of productions of Dell’Arte Opera, Regina Opera and OperaRox. Later in the year he will be performing the role of Oronte in Handel’s Alcina along with performing a recital at Christ Church New Brighton as part of their Serenades concert series.

Photo of Rex Benincasa, historical percussion.


Rex Benincasa (historical percussion) has been a freelancing drummer and percussionist in New York since 1978. He has performed with the New Music Consort, Ensemble Caprice, Apollo's Fire, Seraphic Fire, Flamenco Latino, Carlota Santana Spanish Dance, Andrea Del Conte Danza España, Zorongo Flamenco Dance, Pilar Rioja, Amanecer Flamenco Progressivo, The Sacramento Ballet, Ballet Austin, The Washington Ballet and the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. Rex has recorded CDs and/or movie soundtracks for Marty Balin, Andrea Marcovicci, Philip Glass, Sesame Street, NFL Films, The Sons of Sefarad, The Ivory Consort, and the Gerard Edery Ensemble. His most recent Broadway appearances have been with Fosse, The Full Monty, Flower Drum Song, Man of La Mancha, Little Shop of Horrors, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, All Shook Up, Hairspray, The Drowsy Chaperone, Curtains, The Color Purple, Shrek, Billy Elliot, and Motown The Musical. Mr. Benincasa likes all kinds of music.

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