The November program opens with the instrumental Sinfonia from Cantata 209. Linda Pereksta will be the featured flute soloist in this dramatic Sinfonia, backed up by the strings-and-organ band led by violinist Kangwon Kim. Just …
An exploration of 12th- and 13th-century songs by the French trouvères, who took over many of the forms invented by troubadours, but also infused a new, lighter vein into this great lyric tradition, in which “high art” songs of courtly love rub shoulders with cheeky tales.
Designed and directed by Grant Herreid, the program features a narrator, loosely based on Thomas Coryat, an English seventeenth century travel writer, who, as a young man, travels throughout Europe in search of music.
Ensemble participants perform a program based on this year’s theme. Loud band instruments include cornetto, shawm, sackbut, and dulcian. This event is free and open to the public. No pre-concert lecture.
With a perfect blend of sound and precision, the vocal ensemble Calmus creates a program of a dialogue between sacred music masterpieces followed by madrigals that portray madness, love, war, and loneliness. Composers include Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, Heinrich Schütz, Claudio Monteverdi, Carlo Gesualdo, Clément Janequin, and others.
Madison Early Music Festival workshop participants perform in ensembles that have been coached by faculty artists throughout the week of the Festival. This event is free and open to the public. No pre-concert lecture.
MEMF 2019 fringe concert performed by APERI ANIMAM.
HESPERUS creates the soundtrack for the 1923 silent film The Hunchback of Notre Dame with music from fourteenth and fifteenth century France. Compositions include French and Burgundian music from 1300-1500, featuring Guillaume de Machaut, Jehan l’Escurel, Guillaume Dufay, as well as lesser-known composers such as Vaillant, Morton, and Borlet.
Come celebrate Christmas in July! Free admission, donations accepted at the door. Fringe concert by Schola Cantorum of Eau Claire.
An original ballet masque of French baroque music, dance, and drama written and choreographed by Sarah Edgar, featuring soprano, Carrie Henneman Shaw. The American on the Grand Tour encounters the exotic world of French baroque manners, dress, dance and love.