Sunday, September 11, 2011

Here is our 2011-12 season. Robert Cecil here says you better come. He looks serious about it.

“Into a most delicate and pleasant garden they came, led by the king, who there, with true curiosities, had crowned himself in making that place the crown of all pleasure, yet, was not sufficient, but yet must be inly adorned with other sorts, as music. Music there was of all sorts, yet the king thought that the best was not yet, wherefore he told the emperor that voices, he thought, did excel all these kinds of music.”
– from Mary Wroth’s The Countess of Montgomery’s Urania

We agree with the king that music, and vocal music in particular, is the crowning pleasure. Join us at the Heliconian Hall for this most intimate repertoire of song.

All concerts at Heliconian Hall
35 Hazelton Avenue (near Bay Subway)
Single tickets available at the door $25, $20 for students and seniors.

Apt for Voices and Violins
8pm, October 8th, 2011
Consort songs, dances, lute songs and solos from the Elizabethan and Jacobean courts. Christopher Verrette leads a Renaissance violin band. Music by Byrd, Dowland, Campion and others.

A New Year’s Day Concert
2pm, January 1st, 2012 8pm, January 2nd, 2012
Don’t like polkas and waltzes but looking for a concert on New Year’s Day? This is the concert for you. With guests Christopher Verrette and Edwin Huizinga, and others. All new repertoire from the late Baroque including Vivaldi and his contemporaries.

When Tircis Met Chloris
8pm February 18th, 2012
The amours of shepherds Tircis, Corydon etc. and nymphs Chloris, Phyllis and others are laid bare in Baroque duets and dialogues from the time of Monteverdi with guest Bud Roach, tenor and Baroque guitarist.

Sero sed Serio
8pm, March 17th, 2012
Our last concert has as its title the motto (Late but in Earnest) of Robert Cecil, Earl of Salisbury, who died 400 years ago this spring. As Elizabeth and then James’ “prime minister” Cecil had his finger in every pie, including the musical one. Songs and lute pieces by Dowland, Lanier, Thomas Robinson and others.

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