La Donna Musicale is a non-profit research, education, and performance organization devoted exclusively to the discovery, preservation, and promotion of sacred and secular music by women composers. The ensemble uses period instruments and historical performance practices.
La Donna Musicale and Rumbarroco perform a program of songs and polyphonic settings that honor the Morenas (dark-skinned Black women) in the Ibero-American repertory, beginning with settings of Nigra sum sed formosa from the Songs of Songs, all the way to current folk representations in South America.
The concert will include early vocal music from the Iberian Renaissance and Baroque Cancioneros with poetic texts that depict Black women in endearing terms.
Our performance will also include African-influenced instrumental music from Mexico, Peru, Venezuela, and Spain linked to today’s practices of traditional music. Music from the Palacios, Upsala, and Sablonara Songbooks.
Adriana Ruiz & Daniela Tosic, voice
Na’ama Lion, Early flutes
Kera Washington & Juan S. Sanchez, percussion
Kirsten Lamb, bass
Katherine Shao, keyboard
Laury Gutiérrez, viola da gamba & Venezuelan cuatro
Tickets: $35 Reserved; 20 general entrance; $5 low income
Friday March 18th, 2022 at 7PM
Church of the Covenant
67 Newbury St, Boston
Saturday March 19th, 2022 at 7PM
Smith Center for the Arts
1 Cunningham Square
Providence, RI 02918
Sunday, March 20, 2022 at 2PM
Slosberg Music Center Brandeis University
415 South St. Waltham, MA 02453
La Donna Musicale will present the altered states brought on by secular and sacred love in the music by women composers.
La Donna Musicale, Pioneering the Path for Historical Women Composers and Rumbarroco’s Latin Baroque Fusion
A combination of pre-lecture concerts, live interaction with the ensemble, live performance snippets, and pre-recorded performances in which we re-invent both ourselves and Early Music.
Celebrating Maria Teresa Agnesi’s 300th birthday. Exploring both Africa’s lasting musical legacy and current Latin American sounds. Delighting you by the fusion of European Early Music with South American folk and popular forms in our program “Black Villancicos” Tapping our feet to our “Fandango” program. And as always, honoring minorities and presenting educational programs for youth.