WHO: The Folger Consort, presented by Buffalo Chamber Music Society
WHEN: 8 p.m. Tuesday
WHERE: Mary Seaton Room, Kleinhans Music Hall
ADMISSION: $15 general, $6 students
Christopher Kendall (plucked strings) and Robert Eisenstein (bowed strings and recorders) met as undergraduate musical collaborators at Antioch College. Their association as the Folger Consort has come to be recognized as a model of chamber music residency. Eisenstein is a native of Buffalo and former student of Philharmonic violinist Harry Taub.
The consort, in residence at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., draws its repertoire from the 12th through the 20th centuries, with Medieval and Renaissance music as points of major focus. Its discography includes 14 recordings distributed nationwide, performed by the founding members and other instrumental and vocal guest artists it frequently calls on to expand its repertoire.
For its visit to Buffalo, the consort will be augmented by British tenor Robert Elwes and the recorder virtuoso and scholar Scott Reiss, offering a program titled "What Then Is Love." The music is from the crown of Britain's early days of musical glory, when Queen Elizabeth I ruled, Shakespeare was the literary and dramatic lion, and composers such as Purcell, Blow and Dowland were compiling a priceless treasure trove of "Elizabethan" music.