Secrest Artists Series begins season with Fretwork


Wake Forest University will host Fretwork on Thursday, Oct. 13. at 7:30 p.m. in Brendle Recital Hall. The performance launches the 2016-17 season of the Secrest Artists Series.

Celebrating their 30th anniversary, Fretwork is the world’s leading viol consort—a historically-informed chamber ensemble who plays the music of early modern England on Renaissance instruments that are the forerunners to modern-day stringed instruments. Their recordings have won both the Grand Prix du Disque and a Gramophone Award, and they have been featured on the soundtracks of two films by the American director Jim Jarmusch. The concert program will feature works by Byrd, Gibbon, Purcell, Taverner and Tye.

A pre-concert talk, led by Stewart Carter, chair of the Department of Music at Wake Forest University, past-president of the Society for Seventeenth-Century Music and also of the American Musical Instrument Society, will begin at 6:40 p.m.

Wake Forest and WFUBMC faculty, staff and retirees receive free admission for themselves and one guest to each Secrest Artists Series performance. WFU and WFUBMC students receive free admission for themselves. Simply show your WFU I.D. at the door.

Tickets for members of the community range in price from $5-$18. Tickets and more information at or (336) 758-5757.

A list of Secrest Artists Series performances for 2016-17 is available here.