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Baroque ensemble Risonanti to present recital at Linfield

The baroque ensemble Risonanti will present a recital on Saturday, Dec. 8, at 7 p.m. in Delkin Recital Hall in the Vivian A. Bull Music Center at Linfield College.

Viola d’amore player and violist Victoria Gunn Pich directs the Portland-based group, featuring a lush repertoire and some of the most resonant instruments in Western music. Risonanti will perform an assortment of 18th century works by Milandre, Marais, Ariosti, Brescianello, Roget and Vetter, featuring the exotic sounds of the viola d’amore, the viola da gamba and the mandora. The performance will also feature educational discussion about the music and instruments. Along with Gunn Pich, performers include Hideki Yamaya on lutes and Joanna Blendulf on gamba and cello.

Gunn Pich is principal violist for Portland Baroque Orchestra. She has performed extensively on the west coast with Philharmonia Baroque, Arcangeli Strings, American Bach Soloists, and as a member of the Alard String Quartet. Gunn Pich received her bachelor’s degree in Germanic and Scandinavian literature from Harvard University, and her master of music degree from the Juilliard School. She has played at the Marlboro Music Festival, the Taos Music Festival, and the Banff Music Festival, among others. She recorded extensively with Reinhard Goebel, and can be heard on many Deutsche Grammophon recordings, under the Archiv label.

Blendulf currently performs with the Portland, Seattle and Indianapolis Baroque Orchestras, Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra and American Bach Soloists and has also been a member of Apollo’s Fire Baroque Orchestra and the New York Collegium. She holds performance degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music and Indiana University. In 1998, she was awarded the prestigious performer’s certificate for her accomplishments on baroque cello from Indiana University. Blendulf was a principal cellist of The New World Symphony and has also performed with the Atlanta Symphony. She is an active chamber musician, performing and touring with the Catacoustic Consort, American Baroque, Ensemble Mirable, Reconstruction, the Streicher Trio and Wildcat Viols.

Yamaya, a guitarist and lutenist, has been active as a performer and teacher in California and Oregon for more than 15 years. He has a bachelor’s in music and a master’s in ethnomusicology from University of California, Santa Cruz, and an M.F.A. in guitar and lute performance from University of California, Irvine. He also studied at University of Southern California and Accademia Internazionale della Musica in Milan, Italy. He has performed with Portland Baroque Orchestra, Portland Opera, Santa Cruz Baroque Festival, Musica Angelica and Astoria Music Festival. He is an internationally acclaimed musician and has performed in Canada, Japan, Great Britain and Italy.

The performance is free and open to the public. For more information, call 503-883-2275 or visit www.linfield.edu/arts.