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Performing Ensembles – Early Music Ensemble (EME)


  • Contact:
    Jane Hershey, Director
  • Rehearsals:
    Tuesdays, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
  • Upcoming concert:
    Monday, December 8, 2014, 8:00pm
    Ung Grant Plaisir
    French delights from the Renaissance to the Baroque for recorders, viols, voices, and harpsichord, including the music of Lassus, Dumont, LeClair, Couperin, and others. Guest artists include Anna Griffis, Baroque violin, and James Williamson, viola da gamba.
  • Past concerts:
    • Spring 2014: "Music from Rome and Naples" – exploring the musical wealth of southern Italy in the 16th and 17th centuries: songs, villanelle, canzonas, madrigals, and sonatas for double choir, voices and viols, sackbut, violin, and recorder, with guest sackbut player Liza Malamut. Composers include Lassus, Palestrina, Trabaci, Frescobaldi, and Scarlatti.
    • Fall 2013: "Transformation and Variation" – an exploration of music that added embellishment and ornamentation and pushed the harmonic limits of its time: selections from 14th century France, the expressive madrigals of Gesualdo, instrumental music of Coperario, divisions from 16th century Spain and Italy, and canons from J.S. Bach's Musical Offering
    • Spring 2013: "Theatrum Instrumentorum" – sixteenth- and seventeenth-century works for viol, harp, lute, recorder, cornetto, sackbut, dulcian, krummhorn, chamber organ and voices; in collaboration with the Brandeis Early Music Ensemble
    • Fall 2012: "Music for Two Queens" – Music from the early 16th-century courts of Marguerite of Austria and Isabella d'Este
    • Spring 2012: "The Cat's Paw" – Music of the German Renaissance with Seven Hills Renaissance Wind Band
    • Fall 2011: "Affetti Musicali" – Extravagant music of 17th-century Italy with Frances Fitch, harpsichord
    • Spring 2011: "The Italian-English Connection" – Early 17th century music from England influence by Italian composers
    • Fall 2010: "Music for a While" – Music of Henry Purcell and his earlier contemporaries
    • Spring 2010: "An Early Music Miscellany"
    • Fall 2009: "Dufay and His Contemporaries" with Daniela Tosic, alto soloist
    • Spring 2009: Music of Orlando di Lasso, with the Tufts Chamber Singers and the Seven Hills Renaissance Wind Band
    • Fall 2008: "Music of Venice" – Music of Monteverdi and Gabrieli, with guest tenor Tom Gregg and Dan Meyers, recorder and Elizabeth Hardy, dulcian
    • Spring 2008: "Beg, Borrow, Adapt" – Various settings of Renaissance melodies, and reworkings by later composers
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