Old Oaks Renaissance Consort, the group formerly
known as Good Company, founded in 1978, is Metro Detroit’s
longest performing early music ensemble. Old Oaks Renaissance
Consort is dedicated to the revival of Renaissance and
Medieval music and is well-respected for its attention to detail
in performing old music. The musicians are all alumni of the Oakland
University Collegium Musicum. The new name for the ensemble is
descriptive of the group's mission and heritage.
Old Oaks Renaissance Consort performs Renaissance
& Medieval music on reproductions of 14th through 17th century
instruments including recorder, flute, shawm, crumhorn, cittern,
lute and viola da gamba. Repertoire is taken from music by Thomas
Morley, Michael Praetorius, Josquin de Pres, Ludwig Senfl,
Henry VIII of England and many others.
The five musicians of Old Oaks Renaissance Consort
(Jennifer Burke, Anne Burns, Rob Burns, Harry Davis and Kathleen
Nordrum) performed annually at the Detroit Institute of Arts Wassail
Feasts and the American Polish Cultural Center's “Biesiada
Starokrakowska” (Holiday Feast in Old Krakow). Concert appearances
as Good Company included Brunch with Bach at the Detroit Institute
of Arts, the Downtown (Detroit) Library Noontime Concerts, and
the Rochester Hills Public Library Sunday Afternoon Concerts.
Sarah Prusoff LoCascio joined the group in 2015 on viola da gamba.
She earned a graduate degree from Jacobs School of Music at Indiana
Audio excerpts from live program:
My Lord Oxenford's
Bonny Lass She Smileth