reason to attend the Academy of Early Music gala concert at First Baptist Church on Sunday, February 3, is to hear it premiered by Penelope and Anne Crawford.
Penelope Crawford is, of course, already well known to local audiences as the fabulous continuo player for Ann Arbor's late and lamented early music ensemble Ars Musica. And Crawford's more recent work with Dutch violinist Jaap Schroeder and Ann Arbor's great cellist Enid Sutherland is even more accomplished and compelling than her earlier work. But while Crawford is a star in Ann Arbor's early music community, her daughter, Anne, is almost unknown. She graduated from Oberlin with a degree in harpsichord and later studied with Dutch harpsichordist Bob von Aspern, but has played only infrequently in Ann Arbor.