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01-Dec-2012
Christmas Music from Spain and Latin America from the 16th century to the present
In a program entitled ¡Villancico!, Zorzal Music Ensemble** will present Latin American and Spanish Christmas music on Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 7:00PM at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church located at 177 Princeton-Hightstown Road in Princeton Junction, New Jersey. Admission is free; free-will offerings will be accepted.

Zorzal features a vocal quintet, recorders, guitar, harpsichord, violoncello, and Latin American, Middle Eastern, and African percussion. Performers include Artistic Director Lynn Gumert and local musicians Kate Chen, Carlos Fernandez, Megan Helvering, Doug Helvering, Minju Lee, Momo Kusaka, Bob Ramos, and Janet Walker.

The concert traces the development of the villancico from its early 16th century Spanish origins, when it was defined as a simple strophic vocal song, through its  explosion into complex multi-voice religious works with instrumental accompaniment during the Baroque period, and up to its current incarnation as Christmas carols from Spanish-speaking regions.

The concert will feature colonial period “ethnic villancicos,” which celebrate cross-cultural influences of Spanish composers, who drew on African and Native American rhythms, and indigenous composers incorporated European four-part harmony.” Zorzal will also perform several jubilant negritos—Spanish-style songs in African dialect that use African rhythms—that celebrate Christ’s birth through the vibrant rhythms of New World dances, as well as other pieces that draw on Native American, Roma, Galician, and Italian musical elements.

For more information, please contact: 609-490-0196.


**Zorzal Music Ensemble is a member of the Guild for Early Music.

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October 26 2014
Oct-26-2014
La Fiocco** presents Birds of a Feather, Virtuoso Recorder Music of the Renaissance, Baroque, and 21st Century.  Artistic director Lewis R. Baratz is joined by three outstanding young artist recorder players, Aik Shin Tan, Andrew Broadwater, and 17-year-old Piffaro and international recorder competition winner Martin Bernstein. 

Also performing on the program are Ann Bies, a Philadelphia-based recorder player, Lynn Fergusson, Benjamin Berman, John Armato, and John Orluk, performing on viola da gamba, harpsichord, lute, theorbo, cittern, and baroque guitar. 

Works by Henry VIII, Dowland, Trabaci, van Eyck, Telemann, and contemporary prize-winning recorder composer Glen Shannon. 

Trinity Episcopal Church, 6587 Upper York Road, Solebury (New Hope), PA.  $25, $10 students.  For more information, contact info@lafiocco.org. Visit lafiocco.org.

**La Fiocco is a member of the Guild for Early Music.

 
October 31 2014
Oct-31-2014
Friday, October 31, 2014, 8PM: De Profundis: In the Shadow of Death.  Funeral music by German baroque composer Johann Rosenmüller (1619-1684)

“Life itself is but the shadow of death, and souls departed but the shadows of the living.” - Sir Thomas Browne

Trinity Church, Princeton 33 Mercer Street Princeton, NJ 08540

Johann Rosenmüller has come to the forefront of attention in recent years as a composer of remarkable musical depth and talent. His ability to create both intense vocal drama is equaled by his expressive string writing. In his larger monumental settings of psalms he combines the spatial sensitivity of Monteverdi with the virtuosic string ensemble music of the second half of the 17th century, foreshadowing the sacred music of Bach. His smaller cantatas are gems of text painting and expressive string writing. In the 21st century, audiences are finally beginning to discover the mid-baroque repertoire and the masterpieces of this exceptionally superb composer.

**ARTEK is a member of the Guild for Early Music.
 
November 15 2014
Nov-15-2014
La Spirita Viola da Gamba** consort performs "Come Away" A journey to Renaissance Europe and Beyond for 5 viols and for voice and viols. Music by Byrd, Holborne, Marenzio, Monteverdi, Bach, Pachelbel, and others.

Saturday, November 15th 2:00PM.  Free of charge.
Lawrenceville Library: Brunswick Avenue and Darrah Lane

For more info, visit www.laspiritaviols.org or contact: Lawrence Programs 609-989-6920 lawprogs@mcl.org. Reservations suggested but not necessary More info: Judith.klotz@comcast.net 609 393 3762.

La Spirita is a member of the Guild for Early Music.

**Denotes member of the Guild for Early Music