The National Music Museum, on the campus of the University of South Dakota, is pleased to present the renowned New York ensemble, Avla Harmonia, at its popular Friday noon-hour Brown Bag Lunch Program on March 16.
Avla Harmonia made its debut at the 2009 Boston Early Music Festival, and has since maintained its musical activities with numerous performances in New York, Boston and Albuquerque, N.M. In 2010, Avla Harmoniae was invited to participate in the VIII Festival Internacional de Música Antigua de la Pontificia Universidad Católica de Perú, in Lima, as well as Universidad Católica San Pablo, de Arequipa, for successful performances in the historical 16th Century Monasterio de Santa Catalina.
Avla Harmoniae is dedicated to the performance of Baroque music, in order to provide immediacy of sound. The group balances interpretative modes of music of the past with the emotional vibrancy intrinsic to each score, and aims to expand the horizons of its repertoire to include Renaissance and Classical works through personal research, study, and editions of original sources. Avla Harmoniae artistic director, flutist Sang Joon Park, is joined by renowned musicians Martha McGaughey, viola da gamba, and Arthur Haas, harpsichord, in a friendly consort of purpose, knowledge and skills.
The NMM's public programming is underwritten by the USD Student Association and the South Dakota Arts Council, the support for which is provided with funds from the State of South Dakota, through the Department of Tourism and State Development, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support enabling "Free Fridays" admission to the NMM during the month of March, is generously provided by Ted and Karen Muenster,Vermillion, in honor of their 48th wedding anniversary.