Ensemble SDG – Early Music Series

4 p.m. Sun., Feb. 8 at the Byron Colby Barn

EMS_Ensemble SDG_editedJoin Ensemble SDG on Feb. 8 for the fourth performance of the 13th annual Early Music Series which features highly acclaimed musicians performing music from the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque periods. Admission is $18 for adults and is available at the door only via cash or check (no credit cards). To inspire early appreciation for the arts, children under 16 are admitted free.

Love is timeless, and music remains an inspired medium of beauty and human expression of heartfelt emotions. Celebrate the enduring and diverse aspects of love with Ensemble SDG (Edith Hines, violin; John Chappell Stowe, organ and harpsichord; guest artist Anna Steinhoff, viola da gamba), as inspired by C. S. Lewis’s classic book, The Four Loves. Familial affection, friendship, romance, and divine love will be reflected in music by German and French Baroque composers including Johann Philipp Krieger, Johann Krieger, J. S. Bach, François Couperin, and Heinrich Biber.

Ensemble SDG performs music spanning the entire Baroque period, with a particular focus on the works of Johann Sebastian Bach. SDG stands for Soli Deo Gloria—“to God alone the glory”—and was the epigraph used by J. S. Bach (among other composers) at the end of many of his sacred works. Ensemble SDG chose the name not only because it represents Bach but also because it represents their approach to music and life. Music, as a vehicle of beauty and a means of human expression, is a gift of God, as is the ability to make music as either a creative (composing) or re-creative (performing) artist.

Edith Hines is a freelance violinist based in Madison, Wisconsin. In addition to Ensemble SDG she performs with Ensemble Musical Offering, Bach Collegium Fort Wayne, and the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. She is an assistant editor at A-R Editions (Middleton, Wisconsin). Dr. Hines holds degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music, New England Conservatory, and University of Wisconsin–Madison. She studied modern violin with David Updegraff, Donald Weilerstein, and David Perry and has had coaching in historical performance from Julie Andrijeski, Robert Mealy, and others.

John Chappell Stowe is Professor of Organ and Harpsichord at University of Wisconsin–Madison where he also co-directs the Collegium Musicum. Dr. Stowe holds degrees from Southern Methodist University and from Eastman School of Music. He holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree and Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School and was the first-place winner in 1978 of the National Open Organ Playing Competition of the American Guild of Organists. In his appearances throughout the United States as a solo organist, Dr. Stowe’s recital repertoire includes a wide variety of literature extending from 1550 to the present day. His programming reflects both strong commitment to contemporary music and dedication to great repertoire of past generations.

Anna Steinhoff performs with ensembles across the midwest, specializing in early instruments such as the baroque cello and viola da gamba. She is the principal cellist of Chicago’s period instrument orchestra, Baroque Band, and has performed with ensembles such as the Haymarket Opera Company, Newberry Consort, Second City Musick, Callipygian Players, Music of the Baroque, Chicago Opera Theater, and Madison Bach Musicians. She is also a founding member of Wayward Sisters, who won first prize in the 2011 Early Music America competition.  Anna completed degrees in cello performance from the Oberlin Conservatory and Northwestern University.

Incredible music and architectural beauty combine to create a unique concert experience at the Byron Colby Barn. The Byron Colby Barn is located at 1561 Jones Point Road in Grayslake, inside the Prairie Crossing conservation community. From I-94 north, exit Route 120 west, turn south at Route 45, then right at Jones Point Road. Ample free parking is located in the parking lot adjacent to the Barn. Audience members are welcome to bring a bottle of wine to share with friends during performances. Click here to learn more about the Early Music Series at the Byron Colby Barn.