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Last modified: Monday, February 2, 2009

Concerto Palatino to perform at the IU Jacobs School of Music

Feb. 2, 2009

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- For more than a decade and a half, Concerto Palatino, under the direction of IU Jacobs School of Music alumnus Bruce Dickey and Charles Toet, has led the way in the revival of the cornetto and Baroque trombone.

The group's acclaimed concerts and recordings have brought an appreciation of their music to modern audiences and stimulated many young players to take up instruments that were practically unknown a generation ago.

The ensemble will be in residence at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Feb. 10-12, and will offer a free concert on Thursday, Feb. 12, in the Jacobs School's Recital Hall at 8 p.m.

Concerto Palatino will perform Feb. 12, 8 p.m., at the Jacobs School's Recital Hall.

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"I am very pleased to present Concerto Palatino from Bologna to the concert audience of the Jacobs School of Music and Bloomington, as well as to afford the students of the Brass Department and the EMI master classes with these exceptional artists," said Jacobs Professor of Music Michael McCraw, director of the Early Music Institute. "The ensemble set new standards for performance on the cornetto and historical trombone; their performance is wonderfully virtuosic, but at the same time warm and expressive. I hope the community enjoys the performance of Concerto Palatino under the leadership of Jacobs School alumnus Bruce Dickey."

The names Bruce Dickey and Charles Toet are practically synonymous with the modern revival of the cornetto and the Baroque trombone. Dickey and Toet are largely responsible for the advances in playing standards on these instruments over the past 20 years.

The group takes its name from a historical ensemble of cornettists and trombonists that existed in the city of Bologna for more than 200 years under the name "Il concerto palatino della Signoria di Bologna." Following in the footsteps of these former virtuosi, the group hopes to restore these instruments to an active and respected place in concert life and to cultivate a love of their music among audiences and musicians.

In addition to the recordings of Schütz, Gabrieli and Monteverdi, the group has made premiere recordings of the Marian Vespers of Francesco Cavalli, the Missa Maria Concertata of Christoph Strauss and Palestrina's Missa sine nomine preserved in a manuscript of J. S. Bach. Their numerous recordings for EMI Reflexe, Accent and harmonia mundi France have received high acclaim. In particular, a major series of recordings together with Cantus Cölln (Vespers of Monteverdi and Rosenmüller, Schütz' Psalmen Davids, the Selva Morale of Monteverdi) has won numerous prestigious awards.

See Indiana University Jacobs School of Music for more information about the school.