Ensemble Suave returns to Loring-Greenough House for holiday concert

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Ensemble Suave, featuring Constance Cook, Mark Slawson and Laurie Israel, will perform Dec. 2.

Ensemble Suave will present “Make we joye nowe in this fest: A Holiday Concert” on Sun., Dec. 2 at 3 p.m. at the Loring-Greenough House, as the December offering in the Sunday afternoon at the Greenough House series of parlor concerts.

Ensemble Suave features Constance Cook, soprano; Laurie Israel, Baroque violin and Baroque cello; and Mark Slawson, harpsichord. The program will includes a holiday mélange of early French, Iberian and Celtic carols; festive Baroque instrumental sonatas; and sacred song. Ensemble Suave invites the audience to celebrate the season by adding their voices to carol refrains.

Ensemble Suave specializes in vibrant performances of seldom-performed Baroque treasures. The trio has entranced audiences at the Loring-Greenough House with holiday concerts for the past three years. The series recreates the atmosphere of 18th and 19th century “musical afternoons” in the 1760 Loring-Greenough House on the first Sunday of each month, October through May. Tickets are available at the door: donation $15 ($10 seniors, students and members). Space is limited; reservations are suggested. Call 524-3158. Afternoon tea follows the program.

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 St. (at the Civil War Monument). 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 www.lghouse.org.

Submitted by the Jamaica Plain Tuesday Club.

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