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Pentimento presents Music from the Court of Christian IV of Denmark & Norway (Sunday, March 3)

Sunday March 3, 2013, at 3:00 p.m., Pentimento (Olav Chris Henriksen,  archlute and cittern, and Eric Haas, recorders and flutes) will offer Music from the Court of Christian IV of Denmark & Norway at the Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St, Jamaica Plain MA, as part of the Sunday Afternoon at the ‘Greenough House parlor concert series.

Christian IV ruled Denmark and Norway for 59 years, from 1577 until his death in 1648. Literature, art, architecture and music flourished during his reign, attracting the brightest talents from England (William Brade, John Dowland, Thomas Robinson and Thomas Simpson) and the Continent (Melchior Schildt, Johann Schop, Heinrich Schütz, Matthias Weckmann and others). Christian also nurtured native talent, sending Danish composers (Mogens Pedersøn, Hans Brachrogge) to Italy to study (and produce Italian madrigals…).

Pentimento  will present a varied program including John Dowland’s famous ‘Flow my tears’ (Lachrimae pavan) with elaborate ornamentation by Johann Schop, variations on the German folksong ‘Gleich wie das feuer’ by Melchior Schildt, dances by Matthias Mercker, Simpson and Brade, songs by Brachrogge, Pedersøn and others, and more.

Meet the Eric and Chris at afternoon tea following the program.

PentimentoPentimento (Italian, repentance). In painting, an underlying image (an earlier painting or drawing) that shows through as the topmost layer of paint becomes transparent with age. These ghostly images reveal the artist’s original concept or intent. In a similar manner, Pentimento strives to make visible the underlying melodies of the highly decorated repertoire.

Eric Haas studied recorder with John Tyson and baroque flute with Sandra Miller. He has taught at New England Conservatory, Tufts University and Wheaton College, as well as numerous early music workshops, including Pinewoods, Amherst Early Music, the Long Island Recorder Festival and the Mideast Workshop. Mr. Haas has performed on both recorder and early flutes with Emmanuel Music, the Ocean State Chamber Orchestra, La Sonnerie and now Pentimento. He served for many years as Music Director of the Boston Recorder Society and is on the staff of the von Huene Workshop, Inc.

Olav Chris Henriksen, acclaimed throughout Europe and North America as a soloist on lute, theorbo and early guitars, is also a much sought-after ensemble player, performing & recording with the Boston Camerata, Handel and Haydn Society, Waverly Consort, Boston Baroque, Four Nations Ensemble, Les Idées Heureuses, and Chanticleer, among others. Recent performances include Handel’s Ariodante with Emmanuel Music, as well as an appearance at the 2007 Spokane Bach Festival, and concerts with the Boston Camerata at the Théâtre de la Ville (Paris) and the “Octobre en Normandie” festival. Mr. Henriksen’s solo recording, La Guitarre Royalle: French Baroque and Classical Guitar Music, on the Museum Music label, was released in October 2000; he has also recorded for Centaur, Nonesuch, Erato, Simax, Telarc and Decca. He performs frequently at the Music of Fine Arts, Boston, in recitals and lecture-demonstrations from the Museum’s own collection. He has lectured at Harvard University, Cambridge; Nelson Atkins Museum, Kansas City, Musikkhögskolen, Oslo; Aston Magna Academy, Rutgers University; and Lincoln Center Institute, New York. He teaches at the Boston Conservatory and the University of Southern Maine. The Boston Herald praised his playing, saying, “Henriksen was able to dazzle with his virtuosity in the fantastical figurations of John Dowland’s solo Fantasy for lute and Kapsberger’s similarly brilliant Toccata prima.”

The Sunday Afternoon at the ‘Greenough House series, now in its 13th season,  recreates the atmosphere of 18th and 19th century “musical afternoons” in the 1760 Loring-Greenough House, twice monthly, October to May. Tickets are available at the door: donation $15 ($10 seniors, students and JPTC members). Space is limited; reservations are suggested—call 617-524-3158 or email

Built in 1760, the Loring-Greenough House, a local landmark listed on the Massachusetts and National Registers of Historic Places, is located at 12 South Street (at the Civil War Monument) in Jamaica Plain, MA. It is owned and managed by the non-profit Jamaica Plain Tuesday Club, Inc. as a historic house museum and site for art and music presentations. The Loring-Greenough House is wheelchair accessible. For more information on the Loring-Greenough House, see

For reservations or directions, call (617)524-3158, or email

Upcoming concerts in this series:

  •   Sunday, March 17: Shaw Pong Liu–Composer/Violinist
  •   Sunday, April 7: Orlando Cela, flute
  •   Sunday, April 21: Judith Conrad, Harpsichord, and the Delight Consort

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