A press release calls “ardent laments, passionate love songs and fiery dance rhythms from the warm Mediterranean regions of Spain, France and Italy” the building blocks of a forthcoming show by Asheville Baroque Concerts. The new performance series is sponsored by Pan Harmonia. This second event of the group’s premiere season features the “sumptuous, expressive vocals” of Venezuelan soprano Salomé Sandoval, who also plays the Renaissance guitar. The Muses’ Consort joins her on the bill, employing various-sized instruments from the viola da gamba family to honor Renaissance and Baroque music penned by several lesser-known composers. “We hope that the novelty of the program and instrumentation will pique people’s curiosity and entice them to attend,” says The Muses Consort director Gail Ann Schroeder. Oakley United Methodist Church hosts the recital Sunday, Jan. 17, at 3 p.m. $15/$20 ($5 students). panharmonia.org. Photo courtesy of Sandoval
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