Calmus – Faith and Madness

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.

HESPERUS – The Hunchback of Notre Dame

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.

Accompanying The Hunchback

This lecture provides some background on the making of the The Hunchback of Notre Dame, as well as a glimpse of how HESPERUS has chosen and assembled a score of French medieval music to accompany the movie.

Alchymy Viols – American at Versailles

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.

Dark Horse Consort – Wanderlust

Follow the misadventures of an English gentleman as he embarks on a continental Grand Tour adventure in search of love and fulfillment. Our hero’s travelogue includes springtime consort songs by Ferrabosco and Byrd, Widmann’s beguiling German dances dedicated to women, the wooing songs of the Italian gondolieri, and sultry airs espangnol.

High Culture and Low Inns

Travelers on their grand tour record many magnificent sights and sounds, and so many accounts pull from literary models provided by romances—tales of love and adventure—to frame their stories and the music that accompany them.