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2014-2015 Season
Concerts, Events, Lectures and Collaborations​

House Concert: Saturday, January 31, 2015

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Come and enjoy a preview of our Baroque Meets Afro-Latin Jazz concert with wine and tasty appetizers!
 


I’ve Found a New Baby: Baroque Meets Afro-Latin Jazz

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SATURDAY
February 7, 2015
4 PM
First Congregational Church
11 Garden St., Cambridge, MA


Celebrate Valentine’s Day and Black History Month with us! La Donna Musicale and RUMBARROCO combine to present a fusion of Afro-Latin jazz and vibrant Baroque musical styles applied to popular love songs and lullabies, performed on historical and folk instruments. Mezzo-soprano Daniela Tošić will sing “Bei Mir Bistu Shein” in Yiddish, “Dark Eyes” in Russian, and “Bésame Mucho” in Spanish, among others. The concert will also feature arrangements of works by American songwriters Edna Osser and Marjorie Goetchius, which will be performed by Osser’s granddaughter, mezzo-soprano Roselin Osser. Songs will be interspersed with our instrumental arrangements of “Milonga de Mis Amores,” “Songs My Mother Taught Me,” and others.

Queen of the French Baroque: Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre

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SATURDAY
March 7, 2015
8 PM
Lindsey Chapel, Emmanuel Church
15 Newbury St., Boston, MA

 



SATURDAY
March 14, 2015
4 PM
First Congregational Church
11 Garden St., Cambridge, MA


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We will be celebrating the 350th anniversary of her birth with performances of her Scriptural Cantatas, suites, sonatas, and excerpts from her opera Céphale et Procris. One of the most important French Baroque composers, at age 13 Mademoiselle de la Guerre was called “the marvel of her century” by a contributor to the literary magazine Mercure gallant. She became one of the most famous musicians of her time. The year she died, a special medallion was created with her portrait on the front. On the back was the inscription: “Aux grands musiciens, j'ai disputé le Prix” (“I contended with the greatest of musicians”). Her distinctively French music was unique for her time because she incorporated Italian musical styles, resulting in pieces rich in harmony and exquisitely pleasant melodies.

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