Luther College Collegium Musicum to present 'Renaissance Folk' concert April 11

Luther College's Collegium Musicum will perform "Renaissance Folk," the ensemble's spring concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 11, in the Noble Recital Hall in the Jenson-Noble Music Hall on the Luther campus.

The concert is open to the public with no charge for admission.

Collegium Musicum is an ensemble of instrumentalists and vocalists specializing in the music of the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque periods using the instruments and performance ideas particular to those periods. Instruments on this concert include recorders, viols, harp and harpsichord. The group currently has 12 singers and six instrumentalists.

Directed by Kathryn Reed, Luther instructor of music, the ensemble will perform works of the late Renaissance that draw on folk melodies and styles. Composers include Henry Purcell, Robert Jones, Thomas Ravenscroft, Martin Peerson and the famous "anonymous."

The group will also perform two sacred works by the High Renaissance composer Josquin des Pres.

In addition to directing Collegium Musicum, Reed teaches harpsichord, class piano and ear training at Luther. Reed moved to Decorah in 1995 from Ann Arbor, Mich., where she earned a master's degree from the University of Michigan, and taught musicology and early keyboard instruments. She has also taught music appreciation, a study abroad course in London and Vienna, courses on the music of J.S. Bach, and served as the director of the Luther Nottingham program for the 2009-10 academic year.

She has performed as a soloist and continuo player throughout the Midwest, including Detroit's Orchestra Hall and the Peoria Bach Festival. She has also performed in New York's Carnegie Hall and Nottingham, England.