Mostly Baroque Music Festival

Friday, Jun 8, 2018, 7:00pm

Coordinator: Contact Robert Nicholls at

We are delighted to present Mostly Baroque, a weeklong festival of musical concerts at First Pres every evening at 7:00 p.m., June 4-8. Every concert is free and open to the public. Pick an evening, or come to all five!

The festival is centered around the Italian style harpsichord acquired by First Pres from the estate of long-time Evansville resident, Helen Skuggedal Reed. This beautiful instrument (picture attached) was made from cherry wood in 1997 by famed instrument maker, David Sutherland, in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Friday 8th June 2018

Edward Parmentier - harpsichord solos by John Bull, Frescobaldi, Rameau, F. Couperin, A. L. Couperin, and Bach

Edward Parmentier taught harpsichord, directed and taught vocal and instrumental early music ensembles, and taught early music academic courses and seminars at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, for 38 years, where he was Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Music. He also taught annual summer harpsichord workshops at the U. of M. during that time. His teachers were Gustav Leonhardt and Albert Fuller. Currently Mr. Parmentier, as Professor Emeritus, continues to play recitals, teach and lecture. He has made a dozen CD recordings and has performed throughout the U.S.A. and in Russia, Estonia, Ukraine, France, the Netherlands, Germany, Japan and Korea.