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Enchanting Voices: Music of Barbara Strozzi and Francesca Caccini.Canzonetta

Thanks to a combination of extraordinary musical gifts, strength of character, shrewdness, and the support of highly placed patrons, Francesca Caccini and Barbara Strozzi established themselves as composers with reputations on a par with the most famous of their male contemporaries. "Enchanting Voices" features brilliant arias from Strozzi's last published volume, and Caccini's famous lament Lasciatemi qui solo, her challenging response to Monteverdi's Lamento d'Arianna.

Soprano Elissa Edwards and lutenist/scholar Richard Kolb formed Canzonetta as a duo focussed on the vast untapped resources of 17th-century solo vocal repertoire. Their programs are largely based on Kolb's scholarly work in the field of 17th-century vocal chamber music, which includes the first modern edition of the complete works of Barbara Strozzi in seven volumes. www.canzonettaduo.com

Elissa Edwards, soprano
Richard Kolb, theorbo and archlute

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

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


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