Josie & The Emeralds: Monteverdi and the Golden Age

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Date: 09/04/2017

Starting at: 2:30 PM

Venue: Blessed Sacrament Church (Bradley's Head Road, Mosman, NSW, 2088)

Event summary:


Tickets: $30 Adult | $25 Seniors | Children FREE

Artists

  • Wendy Gillespie, (Usa), Guest Musical Director, Treble Viol
  • Josie Ryan, Soprano,
  • Brooke Green, Artistic Director, Treble Viol
  • Fiona Ziegler, Catherine Upex, Imogen Granwal, Laura Moore; Viols
  • Jacques Emery, Double Bass

We are delighted to welcome Wendy Gillespie, one of the world’s leading viol players, as Guest Music Director. Wendy played for many years with the iconic viol consorts Fretwork and Phantasm, has shared three Gramophone Awards and has made more than 100 recordings.

The 17th century was a golden age for English music, with the ‘Grave Music’ of viol fantasies hailed for ‘Divine Raptures’, ‘Pathettical Stories’, and ‘Sublime Discourses’. We present the peak of this repertoire: sumptuous and rarely performed six-part viol fantasias by Jenkins, Gibbons and Lawes.

Monteverdi’s expressive word painting and bitter-sweet dissonances influenced the development of the late English viol fantasia. We celebrate Monteverdi’s 450th birthday with the large-scale Sestina; Coppini’s sacred re-texting of Ecco Silvio; and the heart-rending Lamento della Ninfa.

The program features the premiere of Brooke Green’s Batoh (a remix of Elena Kats-Chernin’s The Rain Puzzle), dedicated to Batoh, a refugee child on Nauru.”

“No polishing required when emeralds shine this brightly”
Limelight Magazine, June 2015

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