JACKSON — Mountain Top Music Center will be presenting The Ferré-Lang Trio, who will be performing a concert of 18th century music on period instruments, using historically informed performance practices, at a home in Jackson overlooking the Wildcat River — a scenic, intimate setting — on Sunday, June 9, at 4 p.m.
The trio consists of Carl Ferré-Lang, contrabass; Charles Lang, viola da gamba and violoncello; and Susan Ferré, harpsichord.
The program includes pieces from 18th century Germany, France, and Italy by Bach, Telemann, Marcello, Couperin, and Boismortier on instruments original to the period. The musicians will share their expertise on the instruments and the music, treating the audience to a chance to deepen understanding of music history and appreciation.
Ferré, an adviser to Mountain Top since 2009, currently lives in Gorham. She directs music in the Great North Woods, a non-profit that brings classical music on period instruments to the North Country. The Big Moose Bach Fest, begun in 2009, draws participants and listeners from around the country.
Ferré serves St. Barnabas Episcopal Church as organist and director of music, and has maintained an active concert career. She has performed widely in Europe, including three visits to Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, and in Scandinavia, Brazil, Canada, and throughout the United States.
She has served on the faculties of U.S. and European institutions, and for more than 20 years she directed the Texas Baroque Ensemble, sixteen singers and instrumentalists who pioneered performances using original instruments and early singing styles.
She holds degrees from Texas Christian University, the Eastman School of Music, the Diplôme d’Orgue et Improvisation from the Schola Cantorum in Paris as a Fulbright Scholar, and a doctor of musical arts degree from University of North Texas, receiving a Distinguished Alumna award from that university in 2001. She was made an honorary Alumna of the Perkins School of Theology in 2015 for her many years’ involvement coaching early music in the Master of Sacred Music program.
Ferré-Lang is an educator at the Rockwall (Texas) School of Music, teaching upright and electric bass, classical and electric guitar, ukulele, and piano. He holds a bachelor of music in bass performance from Southern Maine University and won their most prestigious award.
He taught music theory there while working toward his master’s degree. He received glowing reviews from the Dallas Morning News and spent a year in New York playing with the One World Symphony. He has played Baroque bass in the Big Moose Bach Fest since its inception in 2009 and also sings countertenor.
Lang played his way through medical school at Ohio State, playing in the Columbus and Canton Symphonies, as well as at Chatauqua as principal cellist before being drafted into the Air Force during the Vietnam era. After the war, he worked as a family physician first in San Antonio, then in Dallas where he retired after 30 years. Following another five years working for the Chickasaw Nation in Oklahoma, he retired again to Berlin, working another 10 years for Coos County Family Health. He is now fully retired ... again. He has been the wind beneath early music movements in Texas and now in New Hampshire as early music has been his passion from the start.
Tickets are $35 per person and should be reserved in advance at mountaintopmusic.org or by calling (603) 447-4737.