Aurea performance ensemble coming to RIC, Oct. 24

Aurea. (© Peter Goldberg Photo)

Aurea: The Alchemy of Music & Words, a chamber music group devoted to the melding of music and the spoken word, will perform in concert on Wednesday, Oct. 24, at 1 p.m. in the Nazarian Center’s  Sapinsley Hall.

The concert, titled “Everything is Music,” is part of RIC’s Wednesday Masterworks Series.  The series, under the artistic direction of Judith Lynn Stillman, presents high-caliber events for the college and local community.

Aurea concerts are known for combining poetry, drama, classical music, folk tunes, puppetry and movement.

The group has presented concerts that combine classical chamber music with readings from such literary luminaries as poet Dylan Thomas, Rhode Island founder Roger Williams, the late Morris Nathanson who was a Pawtucket artist and entrepreneur, writer Jack Kerouac, as well as Shakespeare and Goethe, to name just a few.

“We are delighted to present Aurea at Sapinsley Hall,” said Stillman, a virtuoso pianist and Rhode Island College’s Artist-in-Residence. “The members of the group and I have been dear friends and colleagues for many years.”

The chamber music group consists of Charles Sherba, his wife Consuelo Sherba, Chris Turner and Nigel Gore, four artists with Rhode Island connections.

Violinist Charles Sherba is concertmaster of the Rhode Island Philharmonic. Consuelo Sherba is a violist awarded the 2008 Rhode Island Pell Award for artistic achievement and was named a 2007 Person of the Year by the Pawtucket Foundation. She performs regularly with the R.I. Philharmonic.

Chris Turner, harmonica player and reader, has worked as composer, music director and arranger for various theatrical groups including Trinity Rep in Providence. Nigel Gore is an actor and reader, trained in London and at Trinity Rep. He has performed numerous roles in theaters across the country and in England and filled the role of Thurston Twitchell in Showtime’s Rhode Island-based series “The Brotherhood.”

Admission is free, with a donation of $10 suggested.