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Musical duo links classical baroque and Scottish folk

David Greenberg and Chris Norman in WMUK's Studio A.
Cara Lieurance
David Greenberg and Chris Norman in WMUK's Studio A.

Flutist Chris Norman and violinist David Greenberg are fluent in at least two musical languages: the works of 18th century Baroque composers like Bach and Telemann, and the 18th century Scottish folk tradition as practiced in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.

As a duo, they visited the WMUK studios prior to a performance at Western Michigan University Wednesday.

Chris and David talked about playing on wooden flutes and baroque fiddles. They made connections between the folk and baroque styles, and the Scottish origins of the Age of Enlightenment. They also gave a surprise performance of a lively set of Cape Breton strathspeys and reels – traditional Scottish dances.

Cara Lieurance is the local host of NPR's All Things Considered on 1021 WMUK and covers local arts & culture on Let's Hear It on 89.9 Classical WMUK weekday mornings at 10 - 11 am.
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