Viol Consort with Larry Lipnik at Academy Village (Credit: Ellen Poulson)

Southwest Arizona Viola da Gamba Society players and singers

under the direction of Lawrence Lipnik

Saturday, December 14, 2019,

10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.,

The Arizona Senior Academy Building

The viola da gamba was the pre-eminent “social” instrument in England in the 16th and 17th centuries, where every household that could afford it had a “chest” of viols that would be brought out after dinner to play with family and guests singing the beautiful polyphonic motets and madrigals of the period.  This informal presentation will allow you to see and hear how voices and viols come together in an exhilarating combination, with pieces chosen and rehearsed by a preeminent international exponent of this music.  

Larry Lipnik (Credit: Nancy Fahringer)

Larry Lipnik is a member of the New York-based gamba consort, Parthenia, and the leader of the male vocal ensemble, Lionheart, both of which specialize in music of this period. He is also a much-in-demand teacher and workshop director who has been visiting Tucson for several weekends a year for the past three years to teach and coach consorts for local players. These visits are part of the Viola da Gamba Society of America’s “Circuit Rider” program to help bring teachers to underserved communities.   Larry’s “Voices and Viols” sessions have been highlights of the visits.  Players and singers from Academy Village will be participating in this event.

The rehearsal will have several formal breaks between pieces in which listeners may come and go as they like. (One doesn’t have to stay for the whole two hours!)  In addition to leading the group, Larry will introduce the pieces and answer questions in this open-to-the public session.  The likely repertoire includes anthems by William Byrd, Thomas Tomkins, and Peter Philips, and will feature Advent music.

Written by Suzanne Ferguson, Academy Village Volunteer and Gambist



 Dec. 14: Special Event, “Open Rehearsal of Renaissance Music for Voices and Viols”