Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Holiday Gift Suggestions

Annalisa Pappano, Artistic Director of the Catacoustic Consort
I am so excited for the holidays this year. Here are my suggestions for early music gift ideas for yourself or friends on your gift-giving lists:

The Caldwell Collection of Viols: A Life Together in the Pursuit of Beauty: Catacoustic’s season-opener concert this year featured some of the instruments in the newly-published book about the Caldwell-Meints viol collection in Oberlin, Ohio. This is the second-largest private collection of historical violas da gamba in the world, and possibly the most exquisite! This book is filled with beautiful photographs and personal anecdotes of how the collection was assembled. It is now available at Joseph-Beth Bookstore in the Rookwood Pavilion (

Time & Joint Experiences:
Give the gift of live music with Catacoustic Consort concert tickets! (

Make it your New Year’s resolution to learn to play the viola da gamba this year! The annual Conclave of the Viola da Gamba Society of America is going to be in Oxford, Ohio at Miami University this July. Admission for beginners and the use of a loaner instrument are FREE-OF-CHARGE!!! You can commute or stay on campus with meals with the other attendees! (more information at

CD Recordings: I can’t get enough of the viol duo Musicke and Mirth. Their recording of 18th century viol duos “Feuer und Bravour” and their lyra viol program “Musicke for Two Lyra Viols” are both fabulous.

New York Composer Gregory Spears takes his inspiration from early music (see recent blog post). His CD “Requiem” is available at
I strongly recommend this recording, and Catacoustic’s own Larry Lipnik (played in last season’s Lachrimae and this April’s consort program) is playing on the CD!

Regardless of how you celebrate the holidays, I wish you a lovely season and look forward to seeing you at the next Catacoustic concert!

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