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Sun. 19 May. 2019

2: 00 PM //

Piffaro the Renaissance Band and Ensemble Eos

Ce moys de May: Spring's Take on Life, Love, and Longing

Celebrate the joys, pleasures, and piquancies of Spring’s awakenings with Dufay’s delicious three-part setting Ce moys de May, as well as Jannequin’s chanson of the same title, Morley’s It was a Lover and his Lass from Shakespeare’s play As You Like It, De Rore’s Rejouyssons nous, together with lusty songs, sprightly dances, blissful ricercars of wistful melancholies, and battle pieces depicting love’s skirmishes, such as Vecchi’s Amor Vittorioso. Vocalists from Ensemble Eos join Piffaro for a celebration of Spring!

View the performance at Bastyr University Chapel
SAT. 18 MAY 2019 // 7:30 PM

"Energetic but fastidious performers: the recorder playing has a gorgeous, woody transparency; the reeds and sackbuts are raucous, bright and precisely tuned." -The New York Times

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Program Length

2 hours with one intermission

Piffaro the Renaissance Band

Joan Kimball
Grant Hereid
Greg Ingles
Christa Patton
Priscilla Hereid
Bob Wiemken

Piffaro delights audiences with highly polished recreations of the rustic music of the peasantry and the elegant sounds of the official wind bands of the late Medieval and Renaissance periods. Its ever-expanding instrumentarium includes shawms, dulcians, sackbuts, recorders, krumhorns, bagpipes, lutes, guitars, harps, and a variety of percussion — all careful reconstructions of instruments from the period.

Under the direction of Artistic Directors Joan Kimball and Bob Wiemken, the world renowned pied-pipers of Early Music present an annual subscription concert series in the Philadelphia region; tour throughout the United States, Europe, Canada and South America; and appear as performers and instructors at major Early Music festivals. Recordings are a significant part of the ensemble’s work, and 18 CDs have been released since 1992, including 4 on the prestigious label Deutsche Grammophon/Archiv Produktion.

Piffaro has been active in the field of education since its inception in 1980, and has been honored twice for its work by Early Music America, receiving the “Early Music Brings History Alive” award in 2003, and the Laurette Goldberg “Lifetime Achievement Award in Early Music Outreach” in 2011. In June 2015, the American Recorder Society honored Piffaro with its Distinguished Achievement Award.

Ensemble Eos

Michele Kennedy, soprano
Maren Montalbano, mezzo-soprano
Jessica Beebe, soprano

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