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The Dowry of a French-Cypriot Princess

In 1434, Anne, the daughter of King Janus of Cyprus and Charlotte of Bourbon, married Louis, Duke of Savoy. Within her dowry was a large and remarkable manuscript containing more than 200 unique and anonymous works. It remains the only surviving witness to the rich tapestry of music heard in the court of Nicosia, exhibiting a fusion of native Cypriot musical traditions with the rhythmically complex French Ars Subtilior.

Les Trois Âges came into being out of the shared passions of three generations of early musicians. Drawing on their extensive collective performing and scholarly experience, Judith Malafronte, mezzo-soprano, Christopher Preston-Thompson, tenor and harp, Rachel Begley, historical winds, and their guests unite for adventurous and virtuosic programs of music from the late Middle Ages and Renaissance.

Judith Malafronte, mezzo-soprano
Christopher Preston-Thompson, tenor and harp
Rachel Begley, historical winds
with guests:
Dong-Myung Ahn, rebec
Patrick Fennig, counter-tenor
 

 

Midtown Concerts sponsors lunchtime performances of music of the 18th century and earlier for anyone seeking a respite from the midtown hustle and bustle. Ensembles are chosen by a jury of early-music specialists from the metropolitan area.

Location:
The Chapel at St. Bartholomew's Church
50th St. and Park Avenue

Time: 1:15-2:00 pm
All concerts are free; no tickets or reservations are necessary.