Concert features Christmas music from centuries gone by

December 21, 2006|by TIFFANY ARNOLD

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - Musicians toting recorders, viols and other Renaissance-era instruments will converge in Shepherdstown to perform Christmas music popular 600 years ago.

Shepherdstown Music & Dance, a collective of local musicians and dancers, will host a holiday candlelight concert Saturday night at St. Peter's Lutheran Church.

The concert will feature three acts - the Ballata Recorder Ensemble, Singin' the Bones and Hesperus - which will all perform Renaissance-era music, said organizer Joanie Blanton.

Blanton's husband, Nicholas Blanton, will perform with the Ballata Recorder Ensemble and also might perform with Hesperus.

"Unlike music today, with Renaissance music, there really is no lead," said Nicholas Blanton, who handcrafts dulcimers at his shop near Martinsburg, W.Va. "It's pretty. You have all of these voices coming and going."


Joanie Blanton said the organization has sold 45 of the 140 tickets available for the holiday concert. Remaining tickets will be sold at the door, Blanton said.

The holiday concert is part of Shepherdstown Music & Dance's International Concert Series. This season's series started in September, with the Dulcimer Festival Showcase Concert at Shepherd University. The series continues through March 2007. More information is available online at

If you go ...

WHAT: Holiday Candlelight Concert featuring Renaissance music

WHEN: 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 23

WHERE: St. Peter's Lutheran Church, at the corner of King and High streets in Shepherdstown, W.Va.

COST: $8 to $15. Tickets are available at O'Hurley's General Store, 205 E. Washington St., Shepherdstown. Tickets also will be available at the door. Seating is limited.

MORE: For more information, go to or call 304-263-2531.

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