Concerts 2019 - 2020
Friday, December 20, 7:30 pm, in Auburn
Sunday, December 22, 4:00 pm in DeWitt
Friday, February 28, 7:30 pm, in Ithaca
Saturday, February 29, 7:30 pm, in DeWitt
Viva La Guitarra!
Sunday, April 5, 2020, 4:00 pm, in DeWitt
Saturday, June 20, 7:30 pm, in DeWitt
DeWitt concerts are at Pebble Hill Church, 5299 Jamesville Road
click here for directions to Pebble Hill Church
Auburn (December 20) is at St. Mary's Church, 15 Clark St.
Ithaca (February 28) is at St. Luke Church, 100 Oak Street
(seniors $15, under-30 $10, students $5, children free)
However at Auburn (December 20) at at Ithaca (February 28), admission is free, with a free-will offering gratefully accepted.
December 22. Navidad
Festive, joyous Hispanic music for the season from the Old and New Worlds, beginning with solemn celebrations for church, with motets by Francisco Guerrero, Cristóbal Morales, Pedro Bermudez, and a mass by the pre-eminent Spanish composer Tomás Luis de Victoria based on his famous motet “O magnum mysterium.” Then (figuratively) moving outdoors to the plaza, for rollicking festivities, with villancicos, canciones and guineas by New World composers Rafael Antonio Castellanos, Gaspar Fernandes, Juan Guttiérez de Padilla, Juan García de Zéspedes, Antonio de Salazar and others.
February 29. Kleine Schütz
Small scale masterpieces by the early Baroque master Heinrich Schütz, composed during the Thirty Years’ War (1618-1648), when performing forces were severely depleted. While his resources were limited, Schütz's imagination and creativity knew no bounds, with his production of solos, duets, trios and quartets, with continuo accompaniment, in a dazzling array of compositional virtuosity. Included will be selections from his Cantiones Sacrae (1625) and the two books of Kleine geistliche Konzerte (1636 and 1639). The singers are joined by a continuo of Baroque guitar, theorbo, bass viol, and chamber organ.
April 5. Viva la Guitarra!
Music of Spain and Cuba from the 16th to 19th centuries, performed by Tropos (Liamna Pestana and Daniel Yost) and Cuban lutenist Manuel Paneque, on instruments that show the evolution of the guitar. The guitar’s importance and presence over many centuries reflect its place as the national instrument of Spain, and the passion it excited in the rest of Europe. The guitar generated a proliferation of diverse and varied related instruments played over the centuries in Latin America, including the Cuban lute that will Manuel Paneque will play in this concert.
June 20. Chantons Chansons!
"Let us sing songs!" A spirited exploration of the flowering of French song in all its stunning variety from the 13th to the 16th centuries. Music of the troubadours, up through Claude Le Jeune (d. 1600), including works by some of the greatest composers in Western music history – Bernart de Ventadorn, Guillaume de Machaut, Guillaume DuFay, Jean Ockeghem, Antoine Busnoys, Josquin Desprez, Clement Jannequin, Claudin de Sermisy, Orlande de Lassus and more.