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Baltimore Consort to Perform at Hudson Valley

CONTACT: Steve Mullen (518) 629-8063 or Janine Kava (518) 629-8085
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Monday, December 15, 2003

Acclaimed musical ensemble Baltimore Consort will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 30 in Hudson Valley Community College's Maureen Stapleton Theatre. One of 1993's Top Classical Crossover Artists according to Billboard Magazine, the Baltimore Consort is in its 23rd year of performing as a group after debuting in 1980. The group uses a variety of instruments to entertain audiences worldwide with their traditional sounds of the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries.

Tickets for the show are $20 for adults and $15 for students and seniors 55 and over. Hudson Valley students are admitted free with their student I.D. For more information or to order tickets, call 629-4TIX.

The Baltimore Consort has toured extensively in the United States and Europe. They have become familiar to radio audiences through their syndicated broadcasts on "St. Paul Sunday," "Performance Today," CBC Radio's "On Stage" and on the BBC. They also have appeared on CNN's "World Beat."

Originating in Baltimore, where for many years they presented a subscription series of early music concerts and enjoyed multi-year residencies at The Walters Art Gallery and the Peabody Conservatory, the Consort also has participated in residencies at Strathmore Hall in Bethesda, Maryland and at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, South Carolina.

The Baltimore Consort has released 11 compact discs on Dorian Recordings. Their discs have garnered numerous awards, including Top Classical Crossover Artist of the Year by Billboard Magazine in 1993. A 1994 recording titled "Bright Day Star" was named Best Small Ensemble Release by Allegro and "A Trip to Killburn" was named by The Absolute Sound as the Best Recording of 1996.

Hudson Valley Community College, located in Troy, offers more than 50 degree and certificate programs in four academic divisions; Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Liberal Arts and Sciences. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, Hudson Valley has an enrollment of more than 11,000 students each year.