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Historic Norse Drama with Ancient Song and Instruments

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Grace Note farm and co-organizer the Burrillville Land Trust launches their third season of indoor concerts. “Music at the Farm” will again present a series of concerts the second Sunday of each month at 2PM this year starting April going through December with the first concert on Saturday April 11th. Concerts will feature a variety of music styles from classical chamber music to folk and jazz. Artistic Director and flutist Virginia Sindelar, a graduate of Juilliard, plans a nucleus of artists in residence and has invited talented internationally known artists. Programs will showcase music from around the world. Enjoy a tour of the farm, meet the artists and home made desserts available for a donation - after the concert. Sponsors for this year's concerts include the Burrillville Land Trust and the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council. To become a sponsor contact the concert organizer - Virginia Sindelar at (401) 567-0354‬ for more information.

Sunday, June 14 - An historic Norse drama with ancient song and instruments

Chapter House

Formed in 2018 by Peter and Sarah Walker, in order to bring old tales to new audiences. Firmly grounded in scholarship and tradition, the duo is dedicated to rediscovering and reinvigorating the connection between song and story. Chapter House has been featured on concert series presented by Gotham Early Music, the Society for Historically Informed Performance, and the GRAMMY-nominated Skylark Vocal Ensemble. Peter Walker is a critically acclaimed singer and award winning piper who performs with ensembles in the US and abroad, and has lectured on early music at Vassar College and the University of Virginia. Sarah grew up in the Appalachian storytelling tradition, and has performed extensively in her home state of West Virginia and throughout New England. She holds degrees in Medieval Studies, Art History, and Library Science, and is a children’s librarian in Connecticut.

Described as a “commanding” singer by a recent Boston Globe review, PETER WALKER enjoys a varied career as a singer of early and classical music. Recent performances include bass solos in BWV 36, BWV 147 and BWV 236 with the Handel + Haydn Society, and the title role in Telemann’s Pimpinone with the Texas Early Music Project, and singing in St. Petersburg, Moscow, and London with the Clarion Society Choir, as well as appearances with Three Notch’d Road, GRAMMY-nominated Clarion Society Choir, Kuhmo Kamarimusiiki, Staunton Music Festival, Early Music New York, GRAMMY-nominated Skylark Ensemble, Blue Heron, Pomerium, Texas Early Music Project, Gotham Early Music, and Cappella Romana. Peter is a member of the storytelling and music duo Chapter House, has lectured on early music at Vassar College and the University of Virginia, and won the Overseas Class in the Lowland and Border Pipers’ Society Competition in 2016. He is a member of the schola cantorum at the Oratory of Saints Cyril and Methodius, and is a founding member of medieval ensemble Twa Corbies. Peter holds degrees from Vassar College and McGill University, where he studied with Drew Minter and Sanford Sylvan.

SARAH WALKER grew up as the daughter of two traditional Appalachian storytellers, who instilled in her a love of hearing and telling great tales. She has performed extensively in her home state of West Virginia and made her New York debut as a cast member of Gotham Early Music Scene’s Play of Daniel. Since then, she has performed old and new stories for audiences of all ages throughout the region. Walker holds degrees in Medieval Studies and Art History from Vassar College and Pratt Institute. Walker made her New York debut as a cast member of Gotham Early Music Scene's medieval drama "The Play of Daniel." She performs regularly with the Skylark Ensemble and was a featured artist during the 2017 Skylark Spotlight Series. Upcoming engagements include appearances with Three Notch'd Road Baroque Ensemble and the Midtown Consert Series. Walker holds degrees in Medieval Studies and Art History from Vassar College and Pratt Institute. She is a children’s librarian in Westchester, which she believes to be just about the best job ever. Her very favorite fairytale is the old Scottish story The Woman Who Flummoxed the Fairies.

The Saga of Ragnar Loðbrok and Other Tales

Sarah Walker - storyteller, song, percussion & Peter Walker - song, tagelharpa, lyre, kantele, woodwinds

A unique and richly varied musical program explores the rich lore of the medieval Norse world. Sweeping sagas tell the tales of legendary viking, Ragnar Loðbrok. Ancient texts bring to life the mythical gods and giants of the Eddas and Leif Eriksson’s discovery of the New World. Music is drawn from medieval and traditional sources, and performed on a variety of instruments including Swedish bagpipe, Norwegian medieval lyre, overtone flute, tagelharpa, and kantele.

Völuspá

Peter sings the text of the Old Norse creation story from the Poetic Edda and plays the tagelharpa, Sarah speaks the translation between verses.

Drømde Mig

Peter and Sarah sing one of the earliest surviving songs in Old Norse, accompanied by Peter on lyre.

Þrymskviða

Sarah tells the story from the Prose Edda in translation, accompanied by Peter on tagelharpa. Tunes include Bärendans, Brudsmarsch efter Nedgards Lars, and Villeman og Magnhild.

Swedish piping set

A set of dance tunes played on the revived Swedish bagpipe.

The Tale of Leif Erikson

Sarah tells the story of Leif Erikson’s voyages, incorporating episodes from the Saga of Erik the Red and the Saga of the Greenlanders.

Väinämöinen’s Harp Songs

Peter sings a selection from the Finnish epic Kalevala and plays the kantele.

The Saga of Ragnar Loðbrok

Sarah tells the story of the legendary viking king, interspersed with the following pieces:

Hætt hefik leyfðu lifi

Ljugaren

Drømde Mig

Visa från Venjan

Brudsmarsch

Sigurðr mun sveinn of heitinn

Spari manngi röf Rinar

Krákumal

Instruments used include overtone flute, lyre, tagelharpa, and Swedish pipes.



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