Columbia Baroque Soloists Present ‘Fairest Isle’ Oct. 28

Columbia Baroque Soloists, featuring Blythewood’s Jerry Curry, harpsichordist and distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of South Carolina, will present “Fairest Isle” in the Concert Hall of Spears Fine Arts Center at Columbia College, 1301 Columbia College Drive in Columbia, on Sunday, Oct. 28.

Curry is one of South Carolina’s leading early music specialists, as are the other members of the group: Jean Hein, Baroque recorders; Brittnee Siemon, mezzo soprano; Timothy Hein, Baroque recorders and Gail Ann Schroeder, viola da gamba. The ensemble performs on instruments of the period at authentic low pitch and temperament. Special guest for the performance will be Celtic Harpist Leah Trent.

A pre-concert lecture, “Concert Conversations,” will focus on the Scottish folk music on the program and will include a demonstration of the Celtic harp.

The program features a freely intermingling program of Baroque classics and Celtic fold music from Scotland and England including works by Handel, Purcell, Hume and Matteis, plus lovely Scottish melodies such as “Sleepy Body,” “The Lass of Peaty’s Mill” and “Polwart on the Green.”

“Concert Conversations” begins at 4 p.m. with the Concert at 4:30 p.m. Tickets are $13 in advance and may be purchased by visiting They will be available at the door for $15.

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