Concerto [molto] Grosso! – August 24 & 25, 2019
The concerto is one of the most popular and important genres of baroque music. There are concerti for solo instruments, others for groups of instruments, and some that even feature the entire orchestra! Invented by Italians and brought to perfection by Germans, concerti were written by composers from all across Europe with the intent to show off their own virtuosity, or that of a colleague or a specific orchestra. This program will trace the history of the concerto from its earliest stages in Italy through its flowering north of the Alps. Click here to learn more.
Hecho en México – November 16 & 17, 2019
As in Spain, music played an enormously important role in the day-to-day life of a Mexican cathedral, occupying a central place in not only the Mass, but also in daily services like Vespers and Matins. This year’s installment of our annual performance of Latin American early music will be a musical tour of four of Mexico’s most musically prominent cathedrals: Mexico City, Oaxaca, Puebla, and Durango. The concert will feature secular and sacred works by Salazar, Sumaya, Jerúsalem, Billoni, and others, including several US and modern world premieres. Click here to learn more.
Masterless Mistresses – February 15 & 16, 2019
Since their arrival in New Orleans in 1727, the Sisters of St. Ursula have taught and cared for the inhabitants of that most European of American cities without ceasing. A music manuscript in their library remains the only surviving example of music from Louisiana’s colonial period, and is a rare example of French baroque music from our nation’s past. This intimate, candle-lit evening of music will consist of selections from the Manuscrit des Ursulines de la Nouvelle-Orléans, interspersed with readings from the nuns’ diaries and other colonial-era documents. Click here to learn more.
Los Elementos – April 25 & 26, 2020
In 1718, Antonio de Literes composed Spain’s first all-sung, Italianate opera for the birthday celebrations of the Duchess of Medina-Sedonia. In this one-act chamber opera, the four Classical elements—Fire, Air, Earth, and Water—find themselves alone in a garden in the pre-dawn hours arguing over who is the most important. As dawn breaks, they are interrupted by Time itself, who suggests that a better alternative is to work together, and to grace the new day with their combined beauty. Fully staged with costumes and sung in Spanish, with English supratitles. Click here to learn more.
Early Music Idol – June 6 & 7, 2020
In our first ever audience-participation concert, you’ll get to vote on the merits of four starry-eyed up-and-coming (read: little-known) Baroque composers to decide who gets to be the next Early Music Idol! We’ll have four local early music celebrity judges on hand, with each pleading the case of one of four composers you’ve probably never heard of, but should have! Will the winner be the suave and debonair Frenchman, the powdered-wigged Englishman, the practical, hardworking German, or the pious yet passionate Spaniard? You make the call! Click here to learn more.