Chestertown, MD, November 3, 2003 — The Washington College Concert Series welcomes the medieval music ensemble Istanpitta to the College's Tawes Theatre, Gibson Performing Arts Center, Tuesday, November 18, at 8 p.m. Single tickets can be purchased at the door, $15.00 for adults and $5.00 for youth and students. Season tickets and sponsorships are available.
Istanpitta (from the Italian word meaning a “stamping dance”) is a Texas-based ensemble dedicated to playing and preserving the music of the Middle Ages and early-Renaissance era. Not to be confused with the Celtic music so popular today, Istanpitta's repertoire draws its breadth of melodic themes and rhythms from medieval France, Italy, Moorish Spain, Eastern Europe and the Middle East. Audiences will delight to period instruments such as the oud, lute, saz, shawm, Renaissance recorder, transverse flute, hurdy-gurdy and krummhorn. The ensemble has released two CDs, C'est la fin: Dances of the Middle Ages and Chevrefoil.
For ticket information and a free Washington College Concert Series 2003-2004 season brochure, call 410-778-7839, or 800-422-1782, ext. 7839. Season tickets are available for $50.00 per person. Individual tax-deductible patron memberships begin at $75.00. Contributing patron memberships begin at $150.00, supporting at $250.00, and sustaining at $500.00. All membership packages include two tickets, and all donations over the price of the tickets are tax-deductible. Season tickets and memberships can be purchased by check or money order through the mail from the Washington College Concert Series, 300 Washington Avenue, Chestertown, MD 21620-1197. The next performance in the Concert Series will be by the Chiara String Quartet on Tuesday, December 2, at 8 p.m., rescheduled from September 18 due to Hurricane Isabel.