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Parthenia 2018-2019 Season

A Season of Italian and English Music from the Renaissance

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Lisa Terry, Rosamund Morley, Beverly Au, Lawrence Lipnik

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A musical tour of Jacobean London

Madrigalists LES CANARDS CHANTANTS join Parthenia, and guest Motomi Igarashi, for a presentation of Michael East’s Third Book of Madrigals of 1610. Anthems, madrigals, Neapolitans and pastorals for voices and viols, and a cycle of eight remarkable viol fantasias.

Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 8 PM
Corpus Christi Church
529 West 121st Street

$25: Reserved seating
$10: Obstructed view
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A presentation of the rarely-heard Third Set of Bookes by English Renaissance composer Michael East. This collection, first published in London in 1610, contain a surprising variety of music for voices and viols: charming neapolitans, madrigals and pastorales depicting the antics of nymphs and shepherds alongside sacred verse-anthem settings of the Psalms. The book also contains eight remarkable fantasias for viol consort that may have been inspired by John Dowland's Lachrymae, and which seem to form a cycle describing a transformative psychological journey from despair to love. Sung and played in full, this book offers a feast of colors and textures, and paints a picture of the musical and poetic landscape of Michael East's London that is by turns whimsical, devotional, and experimental.


Parthenia is represented by Shirley Hunt, Director of Booking and Artist Representation, GEMS Live!
Parthenia's concert season is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Parthenia is a sponsored organization of the New York Foundation for the Arts, and is a member of Early Music America and Chamber Music America.

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