The Friends of Music Society of Kennett will open its 2012-2013 season Saturday with a concert by the St. Louis-based Kingsbury Ensemble, one of the Midwest's premier early music ensembles.
The concert, "Savages and Sultans: the Exotic in French Baroque Music," will begin at 7 p.m., at the First Presbyterian Church, located at 222 N. Main St., in Kennett. Admission for the event is free.
A fascination of the French at the time was anything exotic or 'eastern,' so music was sometimes written with a supposedly 'Turkish' flavor, which informs the theme of this concert. On the program is music for solo harpsichord and various combinations of instruments by Lully, Marais, Couperin, Rameau, J.M. Leclair the Elder, J.B. Forqueray, and Corrette.
The Kingsbury Ensemble performs early music on period instruments. Its mission is to stage authentic performances of music from the renaissance to the early romantic period so that listeners may experience this timeless music as its original audiences did.
Maryse Carlin, harpsichord, directs the ensemble. She is joined for this event by Brandon Christensen (who teaches at Southeast Missouri State University and has previously been heard in Kennett), violin, Elizabeth Ramos, violin, Douglas Worthen, flute, and Ken Kulosa, cello.
This program will also be heard in Cape Girardeau on Sunday, November 18, and in St. Louis on December 1.