Camden native John McKean, who is pursuing a career as musician specializing in 17th- and 18th-century music in Europe, will offer what he calls “an especially robust concert” Friday, Aug. 5 with his duo-partner Andrew Arceci and four fellow baroque musicians. The concert will be presented Friday, Aug. 5 at 7 p.m. at the John Street United Methodist Church, 98 John St.

Harpsichordist McKean encountered his instrument and the field of historical performance in his early youth. In addition to studies at Oberlin Conservatory and at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg, Germany, McKean has received instruction from some of the greatest modern masters of historic keyboards. He has performed throughout Europe and North America as both a soloist and as a member of numerous ensembles and baroque orchestras. He currently is researching the harpsichord works of Gaspard Le Roux and György Ligeti as part of graduate studies in musicology at the University of Cambridge.

The program will feature instrumental and vocal works by early French and Italian composers. Vocal works will include Tarquinio Merula’s magical “Canzonetta spirituale sopra alla nanna,” selections from Claudio Monteverdi’s “Scherzi Musicali,” intimate “airs de cour” by Michel Lambert and dazzling instrumental works by Arcangelo Corelli, Antonio Vivaldi, Jean-Baptiste Lully, Antoine Forqueray and the mysterious Gaspard Le Roux.

McKean and Arceci, who plays viola da gamba, will be joined by soprano Elizabeth Hungerford, theorbo player John Armato and baroque violinists Johanna Novom and Adriane Post. After the Camden concert, they will take the program to New York, New Jersey and Maryland.

Tickets will be $15 at the door. For more information on the artists, visit

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