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. And as always, honoring minorities and presenting educational programs for youth.
New Hispanic Baroque
This concert presents diverse soundscapes created by the intermixture in Latin America of the music of the Europeans, Africans and indigenous peoples commingling in the New World since the Baroque Period.
We will focus in particular on the Festivities that may have allowed social classes and cultures to coexist, even if briefly. This includes processional celebrations such as the feast of Corpus Christi and genres like the Black Villancicos or Negrillas.
The ensemble includes voices, Renaissance and Baroque guitars, viola da gamba, keyboards, as well as Latin American percussion instruments and guitars. Music from the Coimbra Manuscript, Gaspar Fernandez, and others.
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The Spirit Transformed: Women and the 17th Century Sacred Songs
This concert features non-liturgical 17th-century French-language sacred songs conceived primarily for women by Catholic priests in response to the Protestant Reformation. Fundamental to the post-reformation Catholic Reform was the need to reach out to members of the laity, especially women of all classes, by creating a musical repertory to prevent conversions to Protestantism and to facilitate a deeper spiritual experience and knowledge of Catholic doctrine. Sacred songs also served a variety of social functions, particularly educational, devotional, and recreational. Most interesting was the use of popular song forms, either tunes already in circulation with secular texts replaced by religious lyrics or newly composed sacred songs by notable composers like Bertrand de Bacilly, Michel Lambert, and André Campra. This beautiful repertory, never heard in performance before, features songs for one, two, and three voices accompanied by basso continuo, violin, and flute.
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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, 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.