This program features The Albany Consort, an early music ensemble, featuring music by Telemann, Geminiani, and Bach, and discussion of the music and the musicians.
About the Albany Consort: The Albany Consort is an ensemble formed in 1974 at Christ Church, Albany Street, London, England which moved to California in 1981. The group’s concerts, performed throughout the Bay Area, range from a duo concert to a full choral production, and include repertoire from 1550-1750 with musicians performing on period instruments.

About the musicians

Violinist Natalie Carducci performs throughout the United States, appearing in venues ranging from Avery Fisher Hall in New York City to intimate cafes in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she is currently based. A versatile chamber and orchestral musician with a special interest in early music, she performs with The Albany Consort, the San Francisco Bach Choir, and is a founding member of MUSA.      

Palo Alto native Laura Gaynon is an active performer of both modern and baroque cello in the Bay Area. She has degrees from Yale University and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she is pursuing an Artist Certificate in chamber music with Jennifer Culp. Laura is a founding member of the baroque chamber group MUSA. She recently performed in the Berkeley Fringe Festival, the Piatigorsky International Master Classes, and as a part of the Taos School of Music. 

Greer Ellison played flute with the California Symphony for 21 years. She teaches on the faculty at the University of California in Santa Cruz and privately in Palo Alto.   Greer freelances in both modern and baroque instrumental ensembles in the Bay Area.  She has taught in several university positions throughout the country and holds degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory and U of Michigan as well as 2 degrees from conservatories in Europe.  She was principal flutist with the Portland Baroque Orchestra for 10 years.  In 2010, she completed her Alexander Technique teacher training at the Northern California Center for the Alexander Technique in Redwood City and enjoys applying the principles to everything she does.

Marion Rubinstein performs frequently on organ and harpsichord as well as on recorders.  She was a founder and has been co-director of the Albany Consort (now in its 38th season), and plays as soloist and accompanist for the Santa Cruz Chamber Players, Soli Deo Gloria, Jubilate, Santa Clara Chorale, Whole Noyse and other groups.  She also greatly enjoys sharing her musical discoveries with her students.