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14-Jan-2012
Sonnambula – Winter Songs from Renaissance England

Join acclaimed viola da gamba consort Sonnambula for a program of English Renaissance consort music and songs inspired by winter, with mezzo-soprano, Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek, of the acclaimed Medieval vocal quartet, Anonymous 4.  The concert will feature William Byrd's "In Winter Cold": Winter Songs from Renaissance England.

The great creation myths of most Western civilizations describe winter's entry into the world alongside punishment and plague. That its arrival greatly imperiled food supplies and health, and left agrarian societies at the mercy of nature, is reason for its romanticization in the Renaissance as the season of lovelessness and death, especially when juxtaposed with the fecundity promised by spring. Renaissance composers sometimes indulged in these darker sentiments by setting texts to "melancholic" music, en vogue at the time, but at other times used music to highlight some of the more playful and pleasurable aspects of the season. This concert will explore the many manifestations of winter in the glorious music of the English Renaissance. Music of Byrd, Dowland, Tomkins, Lupo, Gibbons, and others.

 

 

Saturday, January 14, at 7 PM
Miller Chapel, Princeton Theological Seminary
29 Alexander Street
Princeton, NJ 08540
$15 general admission
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February 01 2015
Feb-01-2015
Melomanie with La Bernardinia.**
Rainer Beckmann, recorder; Donna Fournier, viola da gamba; and Marcia Kravis, harpsichord,  join forces with the Wilmington-based baroque and new music ensemble, Melomanie. Our joint concert of provocative pairings will feature 21st century music from Brazil for recorder and harpsichord by Pitombeira, a work for large ensemble by Pennsylvania composer Anthony Mosakowski, baroque music for two harpsichords, and works by Marcello and Vivaldi. The performance will take place in a beautiful museum venue.

Sunday, February 1, 2015, 2PM
Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE 19801
melomanie.tix.com

**La Bernardiniais a member of the Guild for Early Music.
 
April 19 2015
Apr-19-2015
La Bernadinia**, Rainer Beckmann, recorder; Donna Fournier, viola da gamba; and Marcia Kravis, harpsichord will be joined by organist Chad Fothergill to perform works from popular collections such as The Division Flute, The Division Viol, The Fitzwilliam Virginal Book, Byrd's Parthenia in-Violata, Hume's First Part of Ayres, and Locke's Little Consort.

Enjoy a spring afternoon with delightful early English chamber music in the lovely acoustics of University Lutheran Church.  Sunday, April 19, 2015, 3PM.

University Lutheran Church of the Incarnation
3637 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Free will offering

**La Bernadinia is a member of the Guild of Early Music.

**Denotes member of the Guild for Early Music