Sunday, January 25, 2015

Early Music Festival, Week One

Week One of the Cincinnati Early Music Festival begins right on February 1, with the return of Cantigium.  This eight-voice chamber choir, lead by Scot Buzza, performed last year for the Festival opening, and it was one of the most talked-about events of the month.  This remarkable group will sing some of the oldest extant music we have, both chant and polyphony: songs of the medieval troubadours, and songs sung by the Crusaders on their way to the Holy Land; music from Poland’s greatest Renaissance composer;  some of the first music composed in the New World, by Spanish missionaries to Peru, in Quechua, the language of the Incas. And they will finish their tour through time by arriving at the German Baroque and singing a Motet by Bach.  That’s right, a motet by Bach.  He didn’t write many of them, and they’re rarely performed.  Don’t miss your chance to hear this one.

On Monday night Feb 2 at 8:00, CCM faculty members Rod Stucky and Mary Stucky will present a recital of music for lute, baroque guitar, and voice. Composers represented will be Nicolas Vallet, lutenist extraordinaire and neighbor to Dutch composer Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck; the English composer and lutenist, Robert Johnson; and Spanish composers José Marín, a defrocked priest, and Francisco Guerau, one of the finest guitarists of his time.
Tuesday Feb 3 is Live at Lunch, at Christ Church Cathedral downtown.  This week features The Shakespeare Band, with lute, Renaissance guitar, viola da gamba and voice.  They will play music from the English Renaissance.

The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County are hosting a series of events around town called Music of the Renaissance. A viol trio of Catacoustic’s Annalisa Pappano and this year’s two early music scholarship recipients Stephen Goist and Cole Guillien will play music of Senfl, Isaac, Gibbons, and others. Two of these   events take place this week:  on Feb 2 at 7:00 at the Symmes Township Branch, and on Feb 7 at 2:00 at the Deer Park Branch.

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