Indianapolis Early Music Festival opens 

The Festival Music Society, presenter of Indianapolis Early Music Festival, is known for bringing performers with a dynamic take on what constitutes chamber music. June 26, the featured artists are Reconstruction, a five-woman group that combines great voices with Baroque instrumentation to stretch the boundaries of chamber music performance. Their program, titled "Bedlam, Back and Beyond," features music by Purcell, Monteverdi, a newly commissioned piece by Karen Hansen and even a take on a Willie Nelson tune.

Then, June 27, the festival presents Ex Umbris, a quintet specializing in Elizabethan pop. Their program is called "Melancholy, or Downe in the Dumpes in Elizabethan England."

Both shows start at 7 p.m. in the new Basile Opera Center at 4011 N. Pennsylvania. Tickets are $22 for adults and $12 for students. For more information, go to or call 317-577-9731. The festival continues with concerts July 10 (I Furiosi), July 12 (Harmonious Blacksmith), July 17 (Allison Edberg) and July 19 (The Peabody Consort).

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