In 2019 the Madison Early Music Festival (MEMF) will present The Grand Tour: A 20th Anniversary Celebration of the Madison Early Music Festival; an homage to the 300-year tradition of young English aristocrats trekking through France and Italy in search of art, culture and the roots of Western Civilization. This theme will take a trip of discovery through the wealth of music, art, ideas and inventions that illuminated Medieval, Baroque and Renaissance eras; experienced through classes, lectures, and concerts taught and performed by some of today’s finest early music artists.
Join us from July 6-13, 2019, and experience a full week of music, history, and culture through classes, lectures, dances, and concerts taught and performed by some of the world’s finest early music performers and scholars.
In addition to a 6-event Festival Concert Series, lectures and workshops provide participants with opportunities to learn and practice instrumental and vocal skills, become familiar with historical performance practices and repertoire, learn about the featured music through the lenses of history and culture, and perform with other participants and faculty artists. Courses are offered for players and singers of all skill levels and advanced registration is required.
When: July 6 – 13, 2019
Concerts: 6-concert series open to the public
Lectures: Free pre-concert lectures by renowned musicologists, historians, artists, and linguists
Workshop faculty: Renowned performers and teachers in voice, strings, winds, musicology, and more
Special events: Dance and more