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Music at Morris-Jumel
by Danielle Reed for Vocal Area Network
Posted October 4, 2003

Morris-Jumel Mansion logoThis fall marks the fifth season of Music at Morris-Jumel, an early music series that has the distinction of taking place in the oldest house in Manhattan. Built in 1765 by British Colonel Roger Morris, the Palladian style residence was later occupied by George Washington and Aaron Burr, and visited by Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton and John Quincy Adams. Concerts take place on Saturday afternoons in the mansion's parlor, followed by meet-the-artist receptions upstairs.

"It is always wonderful to be able sing early music in a historic setting that is intimate enough for the repertoire. Baroque chamber music just wasn't meant for large concert halls. The loud and the brash is everywhere in New York, but this was music for domestic entertainment, and it feels right to perform it in a house," says soprano Jessica Gould, who will be performing English and Italian Baroque music for the first concert of the series on October 11 at 2 PM. She will be performing with lutenist/guitarist Lucas Harris and Carlene Stober on viola da gamba in a program that offers some newly discovered repertoire as well as well-known baroque favorites.

"The house