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Treasure Laden

ALBA 20141This season, the New York Philharmonic has invited ALBA Consort to participate in its “New World Initiative” and explore interpretations of Antonin Dvorak’s Symphony no. 9, “From the New World”. In “Treasure Laden”, ALBA Consort weaves iconic themes from the New World Symphony with early Sephardic, Iberian, French, Italian, Cypriot, Armenian, and North African music - bridging the Ancient and Brave New World.

Bringing new life to ancient music, ALBA Consort specializes in Mediterranean and European early music on traditional instruments. Songs and ballads, instrumentals and dances - ALBA Consort explores secular Medieval, Renaissance, and Early Baroque music. Beautiful melodies, poetry and improvisation are a major part of this musical tradition. ALBA's mission is to illuminate the spirit of this unique repertoire with exciting performances to our modern audience. The word “ALBA” means white, the white light of dawn, and an ALBA is the troubadour genre of a morning song - often a song of a lover as dawn approaches. ALBA has performed at NY’s Greene Space for GEMS Live! (also podcast on WQXR radio), Bargemusic, University of Chicago Presents, Long Island Baroque, “Early Music Now” in Milwaukee, “Academy of Ancient Music” in Michigan, Music at St. Albans, featured on a CUNY.TV Classic Artist Showcase series and for Chamber Music America’s annual conference. ALBA Consort is a member of Chamber Music America and Early Music America.

 ALBA Consort is honored to partake in the New York Philharmonic’s New World Initiative for their 175th year anniversary.

Margo Andrea: Mezzo Soprano, Vielle
Christopher Morrongiello: Lute, Baroque Guitar
Carlo Valte: Oud
Rex Benincasa: Percussion, Psaltery, Voice



Midtown Concerts sponsors lunchtime performances of music of the 18th century and earlier. Ensembles are chosen by a panel of early music specialists from the metropolitan area.

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

Concerts are in person at St. Malachy's Church, 239 West 49th Street, Manhattan, AND live streamed.