Fabulous audience in Cumberland, MD

A small city of 20,000 people in the mountains of Western Maryland turned out to be an ideal place for a chamber concert of baroque music.

Lutenist/theorbist Lyle Nordstrom after the concert

Armonia Celeste collaborated with Mountainside Baroque to perform Carissimi’s gorgeous oratorio “Jephte” as well as sacred music from the German college in Rome. The venue was the Shrine of Sts. Peter and Paul, a lovely Catholic church with a German heritage of its own, featuring intricate stained glass windows with German inscriptions.

Harpist Paula Fagerberg answers questions about her instrument

More than 150 people filled the church on a chilly afternoon although snow was predicted *and* a football game was scheduled. They gave the artists a warm standing ovation at concert’s end and flocked up to the performers with wonderful compliments and questions about the instruments. A reception followed with more mingling and friendly chat, making the whole afternoon a resounding success.

Guest artist Patricia Adams Nordstrom shows her viol to audience members

Armonia Celeste looks forward to coming back to the area in June 2012 to perform on the Penn Alps concert series. Watch this space for further details!


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