The final week of the Early Music Festival has three events, all extremely different.
Tuesday Feb 23, noon, Christ Church’s Music Live at Lunch will host one more concert of early music as they welcome the Cincinnati Recorder Consort. This group is made up of amateur musicians who have been playing together for years, and they have more than just recorders in the mix! Downtown, free. http://catacoustic.com/event/cincinnati-recorder-consort/?instance_id=373
Friday Feb 26, 7:30, is a brand new event. For a fuller description, see here For now, suffice it to say that students from one of the top music schools in the United States – UC-CCM – will come together to play lutes, harpsichord, organ, viola da gamba, and sing. The Early Music Lab rarely, if ever, presents a united performance of students from all the disciplines. Plus, you can be among the first to enjoy the new space in Prince of Peace’s restored sanctuary. AND you can contribute to the revival of their important and locally built organ. There is literally no downside to this event. Over-the-Rhine, free but donations to the organ fund strongly encouraged! http://catacoustic.com/event/ccm-early-music-lab-sampler-concertorgan-benefit/?instance_id=368
Sunday Feb 28, 7:30, the Festival will close with one of our most popular groups. Cantigium has made a name for themselves over the past couple of years by going back further than anyone else, back to the earliest examples of written music we have. Their spot-on harmonies and fearless grappling with medieval languages have taken audiences to other places entirely. This year they will stretch their range even further, by mixing in modern music written in homage to the ancient. They will also take us to a new venue for the Festival, St. Boniface in Northside, free. http://catacoustic.com/event/cantigium-vocal-ensemble/?instance_id=359