Performances featuring the consorts of William Lawes.
Maxine Eilander | harp
In November, the ABO spreads its wings, traveling across Georgia from Atlanta to Athens to Savannah. This concert celebrates a more intimate side of royalty, with music for the chamber by William Lawes. ABO’s beloved violinists Julie Andrijeski and Evan Few are joined by two exceptional viola da gambists, a theorbist, and guest harpist extraordinaire Maxine Eilander for an evening of good vibrations. Experience the rich resonance created by six players, four (Yes, not three! Violins, gambas, theorbo, and harp!) families of instruments, and more than 100 strings! What’s not to love?
November 17, 7:30 pm | The Cathedral of St. Philip, Atlanta
November 18, 3:00 pm | First Baptist Church, Athens
Maxine Eilander plays on a range of Renaissance, Baroque and Classical harps. Maxine has had a thirty-year career performing on historical harps throughout Europe and the USA. She is the harpist for Pacific MusicWorks in Seattle and the Boston Early Music Festival.
Born in The Netherlands, Maxine grew up in South Africa, where she earned her Bachelor of Music on the classical harp. Her special interest in early music led her to further study at the Hochschule für Kunste in Bremen, Germany, where she completed her post-graduate diploma in early harps and continuo (accompaniment) practice. She has appeared as a soloist with many leading ensembles including Tragicomedia and Tafelmusik, and regularly appears in the opera and chamber opera productions of the Boston Early Music Festival as well as being the harpist for Seattle’s Pacific MusicWorks. Maxine has performed at numerous opera houses and festivals including the Covent Garden Festival, Staatstheater Stuttgart and Netherlands Opera, playing continuo in productions of various baroque operas and chamber music. In 2012 Maxine was invited to perform Handel’s Harp Concerto at the World Harp Congress in Vancouver. She has recently been working on a project of harp and violin music by Zoé de la Rüe with violinist Tekla Cunningham.
Recordings featuring Maxine as a soloist include Handel's Harp, released on ATMA, with all of Handel's obligato music written for the harp, including his famous harp concerto, which she has also recorded with Tafelmusik (A Baroque Feast, Analekta). Maxine is a passionate teacher with over 30 years experience, and is adjunct professor of historical harps at the Thornton School of Music, USC. She also teaches in her home studio in California, as well as via online Zoom lessons.
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