Baroque ensemble slated for next concert at Saint Martin’s Abbey

New York-based REBEL to share talent and passion for Baroque music

March 11, 2008

Lacey, Washington — Saint Martin’s Abbey presents internationally renowned Baroque ensemble REBEL on Saturday, March 29, 2008, for the next event in its 2007–08 concert/lecture series. The ensemble’s program “Irregular Pearls: Baroque Music from European Courts and Chambers,” will showcase 17th- and 18th-century works, including Vivaldi’s “Concerto in E Minor.” The performance will take place at 8 p.m. in the Saint Martin’s Abbey Church on Saint Martin’s main campus, 5300 Pacific Avenue, Lacey, Washington, 98503.

Known for its virtuosic, highly expressive and provocative approach to the Baroque and Classical repertoire, REBEL features members Karen Marie Marmer (violin), Matthias Maute (recorder and traverso), John Moran (violoncello), Jörg-Michael Schwarz (violin) and Dongsok Shin (harpsichord). Under the direction of Schwarz and Marmer, the ensemble currently performs in residence at historic Trinity Church, Wall Street, in New York City, collaborating with the Trinity Choir.

Violoncellist John Moran explains the title of the ensemble’s March 29 program: “At the very root of the word ‘baroque’ is the idea of eccentricity: the word comes from the Portuguese baroco, originally meaning a pearl of wildly irregular shape. Such pearls were prized for their rare beauty and their name was borrowed to describe an aesthetic movement which valued eccentricity over regularity and exuberance over reserve. This program presents a variety of baroque gems, from the familiar to the rarely performed.”

REBEL formed in the Netherlands in 1991, adopting the name of innovative French Baroque composer Jean-Féry Rebel. Since then, the ensemble has earned a reputation for passion and vitality with performances at distinguished European and American venues, including a critically acclaimed collaboration with Renée Fleming at Carnegie Hall in 2005. The ensemble has recorded for all the major European national radio networks and has appeared on BBC’s Radio 3, NPR’s Performance Today and MPR’s St. Paul Sunday. In 1999 REBEL became the first and only period instrument ensemble to be awarded an artists’ residency at National Public Radio.

The Abbot and Monks of Saint Martin’s Abbey, Lacey, established their annual concert/lecture series, “Abbey Church Events,” in 1980 during the sesquimillenial celebration honoring Saint Benedict of Nursia. All events are open to the public free of charge but a voluntary offering is suggested. Seating is limited. Doors open one hour prior to the event. It is suggested that concert patrons enter the campus via the Sixth Avenue entrance, adjacent to the Lacey City Hall and public library.

Saint Martin’s Abbey was founded in 1895 by the Benedictine monks of Saint John’s Abbey, Collegeville, Minnesota. The Benedictines are a monastic order of the Roman Catholic Church. Today, as in years past, the Benedictine monks of Saint Martin’s Abbey pray, work and live together in community, seeking God and responding to Him in their life of prayer.

For centuries, the apostolate of education has characterized many Benedictine communities as their principal work. The monks of Saint Martin’s are involved in a wide variety of work within Saint Martin’s University and within the Abbey, and also are engaged in pastoral ministry in parishes and health care facilities of the Pacific Northwest.

For additional information:

Brother Boniface V. Lazzari, O.S.B.
Saint Martin’s Abbey

Jennifer G. Fellinger
Director of Communications
Saint Martin’s University