MÍCHEÁL MOLEY Ó’SÚILLEABHÁIN AND REV. NÓIRÍN NÍ RIAIN, PHD
Mother and Son: Lamentation and Joy in Irish traditional Song and Poetry
SINE NOMINE: RENAISSANCE CHOIR
The Lonely City
STEPHEN STUBBS, LINDA TSATSANIS & DONALD BYRD
Opera: A Night in Hell: Ballo delle ingrate
This miniature baroque opera by Claudio Monteverdi boasts a story line only a twisted baroque mind could conjure: women are banished to hell for the sin of being less than amorous to their suitors.
FAHMI ALQHAI AND PATRICIA GUERRERO
Accademia del Piacere Presents: Rediscovering Spain
The Spanish ensemble Academia del Piacere has created a beautiful video program that sets the context for the musical contributions of Spain in the 17th century. Polyphonic music of the European Renaissance combines with Moorish influenced xacaras, and folias completing the stylistic evolution that would influence the traditional music of Latin America. The concert features music by Antonio de Cabazón Heinrich Isaac, Jacobus Arcadelt, Santiago de Murcia, Gaspar Sanz, and others.
In Concert: The Artistry of John Lenti
One of the world’s great lute players makes his home in Seattle. John Lenti performs nationally and internationally with great baroque ensembles, including Seattle Baroque Orchestra, Portland Baroque Orchestra, Apollo’s Fire, and many more. Filmed in Seattle’s historic St. James Cathedral., John presents an evening of music on lute. Concert sponsored by Michael Dryfoos and Ilga Jansons In partnership with St. James Cathedral
SEATTLE BAROQUE ORCHESTRA AND WHIM W’HIM DANCE COMPANY
Early Music Seattle presents Seattle Baroque Orchestra and Olivier Wevers’ contemporary dance company, Whim W’Him, as they join forces to perform Pergolesi’s enduring masterpiece Stabat Mater, the ancient hymn portraying Mary during the Crucifixion. Inspiration overflows in this fusion of art forms.
Under the guidance of Music Director Alexander Weimann, Pergolesi’s 18th-century score comes to life on the delicate gut-strung baroque string instruments of the Seattle Baroque Orchestra. Incisive one moment and dreamlike the next, the music drives the dancers to explore a rage of expression the composer probably could not have imagined. Vocal soloists Yulia van Doren and Krisztina Szabó round out this stelar performance.
Because of the pandemic and restrictions on concert attendance, EMS is bringing back its performance of Pergolesi’s famous Stabat Mater originally performed during Early Music Seattle’s 2018-19 season. We have enhanced this archival video with improved sound and editing to produce a concert-worthy performance.
EMS VARIETY SHOW 2021
Presenting Supporters, Board and Staff
Performers Aly Gardner-Shelby, Bill Shelby and Dianne Siebold; Britt East; Ellen Seibert; Ellis Hillinger & Susie Keithly; Molly Seibert; Richard Ginnis, Bill Stickney, David Lawrence, P,eter Gruenbaum and Vincent Oneppo; Tara O’Brien; Tim Gallagher
Video/Sound Editing Markdavin Obenza © Early Music Seattle 2021
SOPRANO LINDA TSATSANIS, CELLIST NATHAN WHITTAKER, AND POET NIKOLIJNE TROUBETZKOY
If Music Be
The past months have been difficult for so many reasons, but certainly one reason is a forced reckoning with our own feelings and emotions. Months of solitude injected with stress and fear have spawned emotional turbulence that have coerced deep introspection. Fortunately, this the very purpose of music and art – to allow exploration, investment, and expansion in our own emotional state, or that which makes us not just human, but actually real. 18th century musicians knew this about music – that it has the power to metamorphize pain and restore balance, using just the delicate effervescence of vibration, light, and meaning. Soprano Linda Tsatsanis, Cellist Nathan Whittaker, and Poet Nikolijne Troubetzkoy curate our reflection on (journey of) emotional turbulence allowing the music of Purcell, Bailly, Dall’Abaco, Dowland, Le Camus, Bach, and Matteis to be our guide.
SEATTLE BAROQUE ORCHESTRA & BYRD ENSEMBLE
BROADCAST of Handel’s “Messiah” performed by the Seattle Baroque Orchestra and Byrd Ensemble under the direction of Alexander Weimann, at St. Mark’s Cathedral, Seattle, April 27, 2019.
RANDAL BAYS – IRISH FIDDLE WITH CLINT DYE
The Irish Baroque
During the baroque period, Irish fiddle traditions developed alongside the violin repertoire of the British courts. Early Music Seattle celebrates this historical connection through this very special performance by Randal Bays, Irish fiddle; and Clint Dye, guitar.
SINE NOMINE: RENAISSANCE CHOIR
Together Alone with William Byrd – English Renaissance Polyphony
Director, Anne Lyman
Lecture for Sine Nomine’s concert, Together Alone with William Byrd!
ANCIENT MUSIC OF THE CELTS
In this beautiful video, Historic Instruments and the Continuity in the Galician Tradition, the piper Carlos Núñez illustrates the connections between the musical practices of the British Isles, Brittany, Spain, and the Americas. The commonality is the ancient Celtic nations, which spread culture through conquest and trade before the European Middle Ages. Enjoy!
SEATTLE BAROQUE ORCHESTRA
Coming Together: Music from Moravia
Five musicians who specialize in baroque performance from the Pacific Northwest (Kris Kwapis, trumpet; Curtis Foster, oboe; Christine Wilkinson Beckman, violin; Nate Helgeson, bassoon; and Jillon Stoppels Dupree, harpsichord), this concert/documentary includes interviews, the rehearsal process and recording of rarely-heard 17th century music from the Moravian/Bohemian region of what is now the Czech Republic. Experience an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at different voices coming together to create a chamber music program after months of performance cancellations because of the pandemic. Works by Finger, Biber, Schmelzer, Vejvanovsky and Poglietti. Directed by Kris Kwapis.