Thursday, Jan. 31, 2008

French Baroque at Hood

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A concert featuring French Baroque music will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at Hood College, 401 Rosemont Ave., Frederick.

Music by Francois Couperin, Marin Marais and Robert de Visée will be performed by William Simms on the theorbo.

Simms, an instructor of guitar at Hood, will be joined by Doug Wolters, a violist da gamba, and Leslie Nero, a Baroque violinist in a free concert in Brodbeck Music Hall.

Simms received his training at The College of Wooster and Peabody Conservatory of Music. He performs throughout the region as an early music specialist with such groups as Apollo’s Fire, The Bach Sinfonia, Harmonious Blacksmith and the Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado and has performed numerous Baroque operas, cantatas and oratorios with such ensembles as The Cleveland Opera, Opera Lafayette and American Opera Theatre.

Simms, the founder and director of the Hood’s early music ensemble, serves on the faculties of St. Mary’s University and Towson University and teaches at the Interlochen Center for the Arts each summer. As a recording artist, he can be heard on the Centaur, Eclectra and Dorian labels.

Brodbeck Music Hall is not handicapped accessible.

For information, call 301-696-3429. Visit