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Sat, May 11


Merrimans' Playhouse

Fleur de Lys

Home Grown/Chamber Arts presents "Saturday Night Live…in the King’s Chambers!" Fleur de Lys is a historical instrument ensemble dedicated to performing music of the Baroque on period instruments.

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Fleur de Lys
Fleur de Lys

Time & Location

May 11, 2024, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Merrimans' Playhouse, 401 E Colfax Ave, Suite 135, South Bend, IN 46617, USA


About the Event

TICKETS are $12 General/$6 Student. This concert will be two sets, with an intermission.

Saturday Night Live…in the King’s Chambers! Fleur de Lys is a historical instrument ensemble dedicated to performing music of the Baroque on period instruments.

In the age of computers, cell phones and artificial intelligence, technology surrounds us. In spite of all this technology, baroque music continues to intrigue, survive and thrive. Let us take you back in time to the King’s chambers, weaving together a musical tapestry of information about people and their traditions from centuries before our time. Music of: Telemann, JS Bach, Locatelli, Quantz, Graun, McGibbon, Oswald, and others.

Wendy Willis - traverso

Tamara Stojanovic-Albahar - violin

Mary Anne Ballard - viola da gamba

Darlene Catello - harpsichord

The Fleur de lys, a symbol of purity in Christian art, has been the emblem of the Kings of France since Clovis purified himself through baptism. It is also an attribute of the Virgin Mary as Queen of Heaven and appears on the crowns and scepters of other “kingly” saints. The ensemble Fleur de Lys seeks through the use of original instruments of the 17th and 18th centuries a purity of tone and clarity of expression consonant with the music of that time. Having been resident at both the University of Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s College, Fleur de Lys pays homage, through its name, to the patron of those institutions.

Tamara Stojanovic Albahari, Baroque violin, plays in the South Bend and LaPorte County Symphony Orchestras. She teaches violin at her private studio, and she will begin teaching strings at The Stanley Clark School in the fall. She is also a sectional coach for the South Bend Youth Symphony Orchestra. Tamara holds a Master of Music from San Francisco State University; a B.M. in Violin Performance from the State Conservatory of Music ‘Luigi Cherubini’ (Florence, Italy); and a B.A. in Foreign Languages and Literatures from the University of Florence. She has been a member of Fleur de Lys since 2008.

Mary Anne Ballard, viola da gamba, has explored a wide repertory of early music from the Middle Ages through the Baroque, and has played with Fleur de Lys since 1996. She is also a member of the Baltimore Consort, an ensemble specializing in popular and traditional music of Shakespeare’s time and beyond. With them, she has toured to 47 states, as well as abroad, and released more than a dozen recordings. She has also recorded and concertized with the Oberlin Consort of Viols and Galileo’s Daughters. Between 2008 and 2016, she was Music Director for the medieval music drama, The Play of Daniel at The Met Cloisters and at Trinity Wall Street Church in New York. In 2012 she created a program of music from Thomas Jefferson’s library for the conference, “Soundscapes of Jefferson’s America” at Monticello. Before moving to Indiana with her husband, Alexander Blachly, conductor of the Notre Dame Chorale, she directed or coached early music at the Peabody Conservatory, Princeton University, the University of Pennsylvania, and the Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute.

Darlene Catello performs solo and ensemble music as harpsichordist and organist and teaches harpsichord and fortepiano at the University of Notre Dame. For many years she has been organist and choir director at Hilltop Lutheran Church in South Bend. In 1987 she won the Audience Prize in the Magnum Opus Harpsichord Competition in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She holds an M.M. in organ performance from the University of Notre Dame, where she studied with Daniel Pedtke and Sue Seid-Martin, and an M.M. in harpsichord performance from the University of Michigan, where her teachers were Penelope Crawford and Edward Parmentier. She also directed the Preparatory and Continuing Studies in Music Program for the University of Notre Dame Department of Music for many years.

Wendy Willis teaches and performs on both modern and historical flutes and recorders. She has served on the faculties of numerous colleges and universities, most notably the University of Notre Dame and St. Mary’s College (Indiana) and has been a guest lecturer in baroque flute at Florida State University. She has won numerous competitions through the National Flute Association, performing on the flute, baroque flute, and piccolo. In 1995, Willis was a semi-finalist in the NFA Baroque Flute Artist Competition. As a freelance flutist, Willis has performed with orchestras throughout Michigan, Indiana, and Florida. Willis is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a B.M. in flute performance, a M.M. in historical performance from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston and completed an additional year of study at the Royal Northern College of Music in England. Wendy and Darlene Catello are the founding member of Fleur de Lys, starting their musical journey together in 1991.

Concerts and events made possible, in part, with support from the Wells Fargo Philanthropic Services Private Trust Foundations, which include grants from the Stanley A. and Flora P. Clark Memorial Community Trust Foundation (2020-2021; 2022-2023 seasons), the John, Anna, and Martha Jane Fields Memorial Trust Foundation (2021-2022; 2022-2023 seasons), and the Florence V. Carroll Charitable Trust (2021-2022; 2022-2023; 2023-2024 seasons). Special concert event support provided by the Arts Midwest Grow, Invest, Gather (GIG) Fund grant (2022-2023 season). Activities are made possible in part by the Arts Organization Support (AOS), Indiana Arts Commission, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency (2023-2024 season).

Concerts and events made possible, in part, with support from The Esther and George Jaruga Charitable Foundation (2020-2023 seasons). The Student and Home Grown Series concerts made possible, in part, with support from the ArtsEverywhere Grant from the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County, and the Arts Project Support Grant and the Arts Recovery Grant through the Indiana Arts Commission.

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