For many students at Indianapolis schools, the recorder is the first musical instrument they get their hands on. Its distinctive screech and warble can be heard echoing throughout every middle school music room, as “Chopsticks” is butchered by a crowd of kids who are still developing little things like coordination and rhythm. Like the violin, the recorder is an atrocious instrument in the hands of a beginner. But put it in the capable grip of a professional musician and you have something else entirely, an instrument that can be as haunting as it is light; in the hands of Matthias Maute, the recorder effortlessly glides along melodies and inscribes itself in your ears. Indianapolis residents will get to witness firsthand just how beautiful this oft-maligned instrument can be with the opening concert of the 45th Indianapolis Early Music Festival, starting this Friday, June 24, 2011 with a performance by Matthias Maute and REBEL (pronounced “re-BEL”) at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center.
|Video of the REBEL orchestra performing a piece from their album, “Corellisante,” in 2007; REBEL and Matthias Maute will be performing at the 45th Indianapolis Early Music Festival|
With a unique style and virtuoso caliber playing, REBEL has earned accolades on the international stage: the New York Times said they were “sophisticated and beguiling,” while the Boston Globe said the orchestra was “vital…dashing…with performances that lacked nothing in inwardness, charm, and brilliance.” The orchestra performs entirely with period instruments: its core instrumental palette consists of a recorder/traverso (usually played by Matthias Maute), a cello, a harpsichord, and two violins, though occasionally they will add more strings and vocalists. REBEL provides re-interpretations of classic Baroque and Classical pieces, giving them new life with robust performances; the orchestra held a residency at Trinity Church, Wall Street from 1997 to 2009. Originally formed in 1991, REBEL has performed at venues all over the world, including Tage Alter Musik Berlin, the Konzerthaus in Vienna, the Schubert Club, the University of Chicago, and the Cleveland Museum of Art. June 24 and 26 may be your only chance to see REBEL at an Indianapolis music venue, so take advantage of this rare event.
|Video of the REBEL orchestra performing Concerto in A Minor by Georg Phillipp Telemann; REBEL will be performing at the 45th Indianapolis Early Music Festival at the Indiana History Center|
Matthias Maute, a driving force behind REBEL, is the orchestra’s main recorder player, reputed to be one of the most imaginative players in the world. Maute took first prize at the Musica Antiqua Competition in Belgium in 1990, and since then he has been in high demand as a composer and educator. He is the artistic director for Ensemble Caprice and the Montreal Recorder Festival. The artist is a common sight at early music festivals and educational seminars, including the San Francisco Early Music Society and the Bloomington Recorder Academy in Bloomington, Indiana. A professor at McGill University in Montreal, Indianapolis Early Music couldn’t ask for a better performer to step up to the recorder on Friday night.
|Video of Matthias Maute performing Gloria! with Ensemble Caprice; Matthias Maute and REBEL will be playing at the 45th Indianapolis Early Music Festival June 24, 2011|
On Friday, June 24, 2011, REBEL and Matthias Maute will be performing Irregular Pearls: Baroque Music from European Courts and Chambers. A variety of classic Baroque pieces, including works by Antonio Vivaldi, Antonio Bertali, Salamon Rossi, and Georg Philipp Telemann will be played by Maute (recorder and traverso), Jörg-Michael Schwarz (violin), Karen Marie Marmer (violin), John Moran (violoncello), and Dongsok Shin (harpsichord). The Indianapolis event begins at 6:00 with an exhibition by artists from the Stutz Artists Association, followed by Words on Music (a brief lecture concerning the pieces to be played) at 7:00. REBEL takes the stage at 7:30 p.m.
|Video of the REBEL baroque orchestra performing “Since the Toils and the Hazards of War” at the Trinity Church in New York; REBEL will be performing at the 45th Indianapolis Early Music Festival|
The performance by REBEL will mark the start of the 2011 Indianapolis Early Music Festival, the 45th anniversary of the popular Indianapolis festival. The event is the main program in the canon of Indianapolis Early Music (originally known as the Festival Music Society of Indiana), an Indianapolis non-profit organization founded in 1966 to “enrich, educate, and entertain audiences with the music of Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque and early classic eras.” Other concerts in this year’s Indianapolis Early Music Festival will include the Baltimore Consort (July 8), Viva Vivaldi with Ronn McFarlane (July 10), and Plaine and Easie (July 22).
If you’ve ever wondered what a recorder would sound like played by somebody with some semblance of musical training, you should certainly try your best to catch Matthias Maute and REBEL perform at the Indiana History Center on Friday, June 24, 2011. Part of one of the most innovated Indianapolis music events, the Indianapolis Early Music Festival, REBEL will help the Indianapolis musical organization ring in their 45th year in grand style. The Indianapolis event officially begins at 6:00 with the aforementioned Indianapolis art exhibition, and the concert itself starts at 7:30. Tickets to see Matthias Maute and REBEL are $22 for adults and $12 for students (take your Indianapolis children and maybe they’ll see a future payoff for all their screeching). Kick off the 45th Indianapolis Early Music festival with Matthias Maute and REBEL on Friday, June 24, 2011!
45th Indianapolis Early Music Festival: Matthias Maute and REBEL
Friday, June 24, 2011 at 6:00 p.m.; concert begins at 7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $22/adults, $12/students
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