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Venice The Republic of Music!

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ALBA CONSORTMargo Andrea ~ mezzo-soprano, vielle, percussion
Rex Benincasa ~ percussion (including darbuka, riq, frame drum, tambourine, castanets), psaltery, hurdy gurdy, voice
Jason Priset ~ lutes, guitars
Carlo Valte ~ oud

The republic of Venice, (La Serenissima) was known as “The Republic of Music” and existed from 697–1797. Venetian culture was influenced by regions incorporated in the republic including North Africa, Cyprus, Greece and southern Europe. ALBA Consort serenades with vocal and instrumental music of La Serenissima, including Monteverdi, Caccini, Cypriot ballads and ancient Middle Eastern tunes still popular today.

ALBA CONSORT specializes in early music from the Mediterranean to the Middle East, illuminating poetry and improvisation traditions with voice, vielle, oud, lute and percussion. Performances include at University of Chicago Presents; Early Music Now; Academy of Early Music; GEMS Midtown Concerts; and NY Philharmonic’s New World Initiative. ALBA highlights cross-cultural influences through ancient and modern music.

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

In person at St. Malachy's Church, 239 West 49th Street, Manhattan

Live stream details: You can watch it on your computer in any of two places by clicking on the name you wish: our website or YouTube.

GEMS is a non-profit corporation that supports and promotes the artists and organizations in New York devoted to early music — playing repertoire from the Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, and early Classical periods.