2013 Concert Series

 

THE SPANISH COLLECTION

A tantalising selection of renaissance music from a Royal Spanish Songbook, this highly spirited and expressive music is breathtakingly beautiful.

 

 

LA DOLCE VITA

Enchanting folk melodies and ancient rhythms from the Southern Italian Peninsula combine to form a program of fascinating and stunning music.

 

 

LA SUAVE MELODIA

Presenting the glorious and sumptuous music of the early Italian Baroque, florid and expressive melodies with an intoxicating palate of instrumental colours.

 

 

THE BAROQUE AMERICAS

Exploring the exhilarating music of the Latin American baroque, a cultural fusion with exotic rhythms and rich harmonies, creating music that is truly captivating.

 

 

2012 Concert Series

 

Concert 1
Mediterranean Rhythms

The infectious melodies and the intoxicating rhythms from the fertile grounds of Southern Europe are captured in a program of songs, dances and improvisations.

Concert 2
La Melodia Antica

Exploring the popular Italian renaissance song known as the frottola in all their colourful variations, these songs of love were poetic, rhythmic and danceable in style.

Concert 3
Queen of the Golden Age

Elizabethan songs and consort music from the Golden Age of England when music became increasingly expressive, inventive and refined, reaching new heights of popularity.

Concert 4
Flemish Masters Abroad

Haunting chansons and lively dances from 16th century Flanders, a time when Flemish composers set the musical standards and were in demand throughout all of Europe.

Concert 5
Mexican Baroque Encounters

From the Iberian Peninsula to the Mexican Baroque, the New World was a melting pot of cultures that produced a wealth of exciting and captivating music.

 

2011 Concert Series

Concert 1
Discovery – The Portuguese Empire

During the Age of Discovery the Portuguese Empire spanned from the Iberian Peninsula to the New World and produced a wonderful blend of beautiful and fascinating music.

Concert 2
Metropolis – The Venetian Republic

A destination of international repute, Venice during the renaissance was regarded as the metropolis of the music world. This famed city attracted the finest composers and musicians.

Concert 3
Civilization – The Duchy of Burgundy

Under the rule of Philip the Good, the Burgundian court became the centre of late mediaeval civilization, with their stylistic musical innovations influencing much of the Western world.

Concert 4
Exchange – The Danish Court

The popular Danish King, Christian IV embarked on a mission to internationalize his northern lands, and engaged in a cultural exchange program that created a court rich in musical life.

Concert 5
Diversity – The Kingdom of Naples

Rich in cultural diversity, the Kingdom of Naples flourished in the renaissance and was a major centre for the arts. Rediscover the lively Neapolitan spirit in with villanelle, frottole and tarantelle.

 

2010 Concert Series

Concert 1
Los Maestros de Sevilla

Seville as the sole port for the riches of the New World, flourished in the 16th century with its cathedrals attracting the finest composers and musicians, and its publishing houses printing many of the masterpieces of Spanish music.

Concert 2
Calendimaggio di Firenze

The Florentine Calendimaggio, or May carnival, during the rule of the Medici’s was an elaborate outdoor festival celebrating spring. All classes of Florentines parading through the streets singing and dancing the ‘canzoni da ballo’.

Concert 3
Chansons nouvelles de Paris

The Parisian chansons that entertained the French bourgeoisie flourished in the 16th century, popular throughout Europe, they were highly varied in character and included some of the most popular tunes of the time.

Concert 4
Music for a Bavarian Duke

Albert V, Duke of Bavaria, a lavish patron of the arts, established his court as a significant cultural hub north of the Alps with the finest international talents including  impressive instrumental and vocal forces.