Amherst Early Music Festival Concerts 2019

All concerts at 7:30 in Evans Hall, located in the Cummings Arts Center, unless noted. Join us for pre-concert madrigals in the courtyard and post-concert receptions. All concerts are free for Festival participants. Order your tickets online here!

The Festival Concert Series is sponsored in part by a generous grant from the Frank Loomis Palmer Fund, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee.

Tuesday, July 16
Diana's Hunt
Colorful music from 14th-century Italy and wonderful newly-composed repertoire inspired by the Medieval bestiary. Vielle, harp, recorder, percussion and voices evoke soaring birds, slithering reptiles, wondrous creatures, and the goddesses Diana and Venus. Serving as both mythology and Christian allegory, these fantastic visions of the animal kingdom continue to provoke the modern imagination. Alkemie Ensemble:Tracy Cowart voice & harp; David McCormick viele; Elena Mullins voice & percussion; Sian Ricketts voice, recorders & dou├žaines; Niccolo Seligmann vieles, viola a chiavi & percussion. With Elliot Cole composer, voice & harmonium)

Thursday, July 18
Amherst Baroque Soloists
Dazzling virtuostic Italian Baroque music with Laura Pudwell and Aaron Sheehan voice, Julie Andrijeski violin, Paolo Pandolfo viol,Sarah Cunningham viol, Phoebe Carrai cello, Heather Miller Lardin double bass, Xavier Diaz Latorre lute, Saskia Coolen recorder, Wendy Rolfe flute, Meg Owens oboe, Stephanie Corwin bassoon, Peter Sykes and Adam Pearl harpsichord.

Friday, July 19 at 8:00 p.m.
Fully-Staged Baroque Opera Scenes:
#anch'io (#me too):  Six Ariadnes tell their tales  A pasticcio of scenes by Haydn, Monteverdi, Conradi, Marais, Boismortier and Handel. Ariadne's "#me Too" moment is dramatically depicted in six operatic retellings of the Greek myth by Monteverdi, Conradi, Handel, and Haydn. Drew Minter, stage director; Gary Thor Wedow music director; Dorothy Olsson and Kaspar D. Mainz, dance directors; Lawrence Rosenwald, texts; Ronnie Snader, costumes; and Paul Guttry, props.

July 19, 20, 21
Music & Instrument Exhibition 
(in Crozier-Williams Student Center, free)
Instrument makers and dealers, music publishers, and organizations. Friday, July 19 from 5:30 to 6:30, Saturday July 20, and Sunday July 21 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, July 20
Student Concerts

In Crozier-Williams and Evans Hall, free
10:00 a.m. Large group concert
11:15 a.m. The Choral Workshop, directed by Kent Tritle (Harkness Chapel)
1:00 p.m. Baroque Academy (Crozier-Williams)
2:30 p.m. Central Programy (Crozier-Williams)
4:30 p.m. Baroque Academy Vocal Soloists

Saturday, July 20
A Tapestry of Early Music
A festive evening with many top international musicians. Virtuosic Baroque solos, gorgeous Renaissance consorts of viols, recorders, and loud instruments, Medieval polyphony.

 

Sunday, July 21 3:00 p.m.
Extravagant Pretensions
Martin Bernstein, recorder, with friends in concert.
In Crozier-Williams. FREE!

 

Thursday, July 25
So Sweet Are My Returns

A concert celebrating Italian fantasias and madrigal settings with extravagant diminutions, such as those for the beautiful Ancor Che Col Partire. Program will also include 17th-century canzonas and sonatas. Saskia Coolen and Bart Spanhove, recorder, with Xavier Diaz-Latorre, lute and theorbo

Friday, July 26
Il Trovatore

In this concert, poets and singers of the 13th-century troubadour diaspora are heard with the new sonorities and forms which their Italian hosts would begin to create, only one generation later. Sophisticated love songs (cansos) of troubadours from the luxurious Milano manuscript are heard, along with mensural polyphonic song and instrumental music of the northern Italian and Florentine trecento (14th century). Faculty, staff, and students perform a varied program of music from medieval Occitania and Italy. With Benjamin Bagby, Shira Kammen, Daniel Johnson, Lawrence Rosenwald, and others.

Saturday, July 27
Student Concerts

In Crozier-Williams and Evans Hall, free
10:00 a.m. Large group concert
11:00 a.m. Musicians of the New London Assembly
1:00 p.m. Troubadour Diaspora
2:30 p.m. Central Program (Crozier)
4:30 p.m. Ensemble Singing Intensive

Saturday, July 27
A Second Tapestry of Early Music

A festive evening with many top international musicians. Virtuosic Baroque solos, gorgeous Renaissance consorts of viols, recorders, and loud instruments, Medieval polyphony.