Ecco la Primavera: Music for the Season will be presented Sunday, March 2, at 2 p.m. at Mount Angel Abbey Library. The concert will feature an abbey monk, Brother Niels Nielsen, on the douçaine, Marjory Lange on viola and Christopher Wicks on piano.
The performance is free and all are welcome.
The Ecco la Primavera (Behold the Springtime) concert will invite guests to leave the winter months behind, with traditional and medieval songs and dances from England, Ireland and Italy, a late-Romantic song cycle from Iceland, and the Sonata No. 3 for Viola and Piano, composed by Wicks.
Brother Niels has emerged as a leading player and scholar of the douçaine, a rare medieval oboe discovered on King Henry VIIIs flagship, The Mary Rose, which sank in 1545, was discovered in 1971 and was raised from the ocean bed in 1982. The Mary Rose instrument is the only extant douçaine, and there are currently fewer than 60 replicas worldwide. The douçaines chameleon quality enables Brother Niels to perform everything from medieval melodies to klezmer music, romantic art songs or jazz.
Before beginning his monastic vocation, Brother Niels was an adjunct professor of music at the College of Idaho and Northwest Nazarene University. He served as the bass clarinetist with the Boise Philharmonic for 23 years, the Sun Valley Summer Symphony for 11 years, and the chamber ensemble Darkwood Consort for 19 years. Darkwood Consort performed throughout the U.S., as well as Denmark, Iceland and the Netherlands.
Marjory Lange, an oblate at the Queen of Angels Monastery in Mount Angel, is an English professor at Western Oregon University, a visiting scholar with the Mount Angel Abbey Library and a performing violist and violinist.
Christopher Wicks is an organist, pianist and composer based in Silverton. He holds a Master of Music in composition from the University of Montreal and a Master of Music in organ from the University of Oregon.