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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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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