Early Music Now Winter-Spring Season Announcement
Early Music Now’s 28th Season Continues with Quality and Variety
The winter/spring portion of its 28th season continues Early Music Now’s exploration of music from many cultures and times, performed by world-class ensembles and solo artists. The three concerts completing this season begin with a Valentine’s Day exploration of French Baroque amorous expressions, continue with a compelling multi-media account of 13th century Spanish religious devotion on March 14, and conclude on April 18 with an anonymous Mass from the 1540s repertoire of Canterbury Cathedral. An added post-season concert on M ay 9 will extend EMN’s commitment to exploring music Across Borders – Across Time with a sequel to last season’s exploration of the development of the clarinet.
Individual tickets for each of the four concerts are priced at $28-$44 for adults and seniors, and $10-$15 for students (six and older). The three remaining season concerts may be purchased as a package at $81-$126 for adults and seniors, and $27 to $39 for students. Group rates are also available. Tickets are available online at EarlyMusicNow.org, by phone at 414.225.3113, or by mail at 759 N Milwaukee St, Suite 420, Milwaukee 53202, using the printable online order form.
New to Milwaukee audiences, members of the Cleveland ensemble Les Délices present Portrait of Love. Saturday, February 14 at 5:00, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (914 E Knapp St) Celebrate Valentine’s Day with this program of French Baroque delicacies that explore amorous feelings from the heights of joy to the depths of anguish. Oboist and recorder player Debra Nagy and viola da gambist Emily Walhout are joined by soprano arrie Henneman Shaw and distinguished British lutenist Nigel North. (lesdelices.org – nigelnorth.com – carriehennemanshaw.com)
– Sponsored by Ralph Bielenberg, with residency support from the Arts Midwest Touring Fund.
A frequent presence on Early Music Now’s roster, Chicago-based The Newberry Consort returns with the colorful Rosa das Rosas — Cantigas de Santa Maria. Saturday, March 14 at 5:00 at UWM’s Helene Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts (2419 E Kenwood Blvd), preceded by a 3:00 silent auction and chocolate reception. Alfonso X, an ailing 13th century king of Castile, prayed to the Virgin Mary for divine intercession. Upon his recovery, he commissioned cantigas praising the Virgin and her miraculous works. The Newberry Consort expands to 11 performers to tell this compelling story, incorporating projected images of the lavish illustrations from the original manuscripts. (newberryconsort.org)
– Sponsored by Gregory & Susan Milleville.
Another ensemble new to Milwaukee audiences, Boston’s rapidly ascending Blue Heron presents Music for Canterbury Cathedral. Saturday, April 18 at 3:00 at St. Joseph Center Chapel
(1501 S Layton Blvd). Hailed by The New Yorker as the American heir apparent to the Tallis Scholars, this ensemble explores music from the Peterhouse Partbooks (c.1540), featuring a newly
discovered entirely anonymous mass that may have been dedicated to Canterbury’s local hero, St. Augustine. (blueheronchoir.org)
– Sponsored by Darrell & Sally Foell, with corporate sponsorship from BMO Harris Bank.
Internationally renowned clarinetist Eric Hoeprich is joined by cellist Tanya Tomkins and pianist/fortepianist Eric Zivian in a sequel to last season’s notable introduction to the historical clarinet.
Celebrating the Clarinet will be performed Saturday, May 9 at 7:30 at Wisconsin Lutheran College (8815 W Wisconsin Ave), including Beethoven: Trio in Bb, op. 11, Glinka: Trio Pathetique, Weber: Concertino, and Brahms: Trio in a minor. ( satirino.fr/en/soloists/show/13/Eric_Hoeprich – tanyatomkins.com – magnatune.com/artists/eric_zivian)
– Sponsored by George & Christine Sosnovsky.
Early Music Now is an Affiliate Member of the United Performing Arts Fund.