Duo to perform in series of benefit concerts
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Nathaniel Cox and Agnes Coakley.
Nathaniel Cox and Agnes Coakley.
SOUTHERN VERMONT- Brattleboro native Nathaniel Cox and British-American soprano Agnes Coakley return in July for a series of concerts in the area.

Three beautiful Brattleboro area homes will host benefit concerts for local arts organizations: Friends of Music at Guilford on Monday, July 7; New England Youth Theater on Sunday, July 13; and the Brattleboro Music Center on Tuesday, July 22. In addition, they will perform at the First Universalist Parish in Chester at 3 pm on Sunday, July 27. The house concerts will all begin promptly at 7:30 pm.

Cox and Coakley founded the group In Stile Moderno in Basel, Switzerland in 2012 to explore the music of the “new style” that had its origins in late 16th century Florence and spread throughout Europe at the beginning of the 17th century. They perform as a duo and also with other early instrumentalists. Their trio ensemble, with harpsichordist Benjamin Katz, performed last summer for a large and enthusiastic audience at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church.

For these concerts, Cox will accompany soprano Coakley on theorbo, a form of bass lute developed at the end of the sixteenth century. Throughout most of the seventeenth century, the theorbo was considered the ideal instrument for song accompaniment because of its wide range of expression and dynamics.

The program features solo songs from seventeenth-century Italy and England, including music by Claudio Monteverdi and Henry Purcell as well as less-well-known but equally appealing composers such as Giulio Caccini, Sigismondo D’India, and the brothers Henry and William Lawes. The new, expressive style of early seventeenth century Italy quickly found its way to England, where it was combined with a distinctive English combination of humor and melancholy. By tracing the development of this music for voice and the orbo, the concert will enlighten and entertain the audience—and perhaps beguile its cares as well.

Admission to the benefit house concerts is by a suggested donation of $25. Seating is limited and reservations are recommended, call (802) 257-1024 or write to dcox@sover.net. Admission to the concert in Chester is $15. Reservations are not required.

For more information on the Chester concert call Bruce Parks at (802) 875-2753 or bpinvt@comcast.net.
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