Thursday, February 18, 2016

Musical Excursion Series Brings UK’s Red Priest to the University of New Orleans

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UK-based Baroque ensemble Red Priest will perform at the University of New Orleans Performing Arts Center Recital Hall on Tuesday, March 1 at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Musical Excursions concert series. The program features Red Priest’s interpretation of some of the most celebrated compositions of Georg Frederick Handel, who is perhaps best known for Messiah. Titled “Handel in the Wind,” the program contrasts Handel’s music with that of two other esteemed artists from the German Baroque – Johann Sebastian Bach and Georg Phillip Telemann.

According to the band’s website, Red Priest’s performance style has been described as a “break-all-rules, rock-chamber concert approach to early music.” Noting that some accounts of 17th century performances of Baroque music describe them as more akin to modern day rock concerts than classical recitals, the band says it aims to recapture that spirit for today’s audiences.

Red Priest was founded in 1997 named for red-headed priest Antonio Vivaldi. Its regular line-up includes recorder player Piers Adams, violinist Julia Bishop, cellist Angela East and harpsichordist David Wright. The group has performed sold-out concerts at festivals around the world and been the subject of two hour-long television profiles. Music critics have described them as “visionary and heretical,” “wholly irreverent and highly enlightened,” and “completely wild and deeply imaginative” with a “red-hot wicked sense of humor.”

Ticket prices are $15 for general admission, $10 for seniors and UNO faculty and staff, $5 for non-UNO students and free for UNO students. Tickets may be purchased here or at the door as available. For more information visit the Musical Excursions website or call (504) 280-6381.

The highly regarded Musical Excursions Series has presented first-class classical and world music since 1993. The series is presented jointly by the Department of Music and the Arts Administration Program at the University of New Orleans, in association with WWNO Radio. The sponsors for the 2015-16 series are: the UNO Student Government, the Mitchiner-Gittinger Family Foundation, the Harper Family Foundation, 89.9 WWNO, the Maison Dupuy Hotel and Muriel's Jackson Square Restaurant.