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Dame Emma Kirkby, the "Queen of Early Music," embarks on a rare US tour
by Whitney Holden for Vocal Area Network
Posted October 15, 2009

Emma Kirkby and Jakob LindbergDame Emma Kirkby, lauded as one of the top 10 "Greatest Sopranos of All Time" by BBC and the "Queen of Early Music" by enthusiasts worldwide, will embark on a rare U.S. tour on October 16, 2009. With ten performances scheduled across America, the "Musique and Sweet Poetrie" tour will feature renowned lutenist Jakob Lindberg, who will play on a unique 10-course Renaissance lute by Sixtus Rauwolf c. 1590. Each performance on the tour will feature one of two arranged programs: "Music at Twilight," a compilation of songs and solos from early 17th Century Europe, and "Orpheus in England: Dowland and Purcell," a program celebrating the 350th anniversary of Henry Purcell's birth.

New Yorkers will have the opportunity to hear both programs, as "Music at Twilight" will be presented at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall on Tuesday, October 20 at 7:30 PM, and "Orpheus in England" at Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church on Sunday, November 1 at 3:00 PM.

Kirkby and Lindberg's joint album, Musique and Sweet Poetrie: Jewe