Members of A Golden Wire / St. Paul's Artist Series Contributed Photo

Musicians from A Golden Wire will present "No Noise or Silence: Music of the English Restoration" on Friday night, Jan. 31, in the next concert of the St. Paul's Artist Series.

Audiences will be treated to Henry Purcell's songs, music of Marin Marais, airs of Jean Baptiste Lully and an early cantata by Louis-Nicolas Clérambault.

A Golden Wire is a period instrument ensemble based in New York City, specializing in music of England and the British Isles. Its musicians are Sara Tomlin, soprano; Kevin Payne, theorbo; Arnie Tanimoto, viola da gamba; and Parker Ramsay, harp and keyboards.

If you go

› What: A Golden Wire

› Where: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 305 W. Seventh St.

› When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31

› Admission: $25, $30 and $40; $10 for students with ID

› For more information: 423-266-8195

"In this concert, our musicians will re-create the musical world of 17th-century England featuring the music of Henry Purcell and his contemporaries, as well as their 16th-century predecessors," says Ramsay.

"After the repressive Commonwealth era where music and entertainment were banned, the Restoration of the British monarchy under Charles II brought French and Italian influences to the British Isles and breathed new life into English music. Our program weaves a tapestry of music from this era incorporating instrumental and vocal works by French and English composers right up to the music of Henry Purcell, the greatest composer of the age. Drawing on our expertise in the area of historical performance, we aim not only to charm the listeners, but transport them to another time and place."

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