A New Song (2011)

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Folger Consort performed A New Song from September 30 to October 2, 2011 in the Folger's Elizabethan Theatre.

English composers Thomas Thomkins and Orlando Gibbons, and later Henry Purcell and John Blow, were inspired by the visionary, world-changing translation of the Bible completed under the sponsorship of King James in 1611. Musical settings of biblical verse and other sacred works from the reigns of James I and II were complemented in the Consort's performance by instrumental fantasies and lively dances by Coperario, Locke, and Purcell. In A New Song Folger Consort celebrated the 400th Anniversary of the King James Bible wwith period strings, organ, and the Washington National Cathedral's chamber vocal ensemble Cathedra, under the direction of Michael McCarthy.


Folger Consort

Artistic Directors

  • Robert Eisenstein: viol, violin
  • Christopher Kendall: lute, theorbo

Guest artists

Voices: Cathedra, the Washington National Cathedral Chamber Vocal Ensemble

  • Crossley Hawn: soprano
  • Susan Lewis Kavinski: soprano
  • Emily Noel: soprano
  • Kristen Dubenion-Smith: alto
  • Christopher Dudley: alto
  • Roger Isaacs: alto
  • Lawrence Rippert: tenor
  • Aaron Sheehan: tenor
  • Matthew Smith: tenor
  • Scott Auby: bass
  • Richard Giarusso: bass
  • Benjamin Park: bass


  • Risa Browder: violin
  • Adam Pearl: organ
  • Alice Robbins: viol, basse de violin
  • Henry Valoris: viola