November 15, 2018 - Canzonetta Duo
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. "Enchanting Voices" adds baroque harpist Christa Patton for extra richly varied continuo. 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
American Musicological Society - Mid-Atlantic Chapter
“More than a ‘Lady with a Harp’: The Musical Activities of Eliza Eichelberger Ridgely (1803-1867)”
Lecture-Recital: Music from the Ridgely Family Music Collection
Elissa Edwards (soprano), Basil Considine (piano)
Annual Summer Solstice Concert
The Hammond-Harwood House Museum Gardens
Anglica Antiqua brings to life music of 17th century England through dramatized sung recitation of poetry.
In this program we explore songs, dialogues, and ensemble pieces by Henry Lawes and John Wilson, the two most important English song composers of the mid-17th century. These men lived and worked during a transitional time, when the lute-song tradition epitomized by John Dowland had long since fallen out of fashion, but the Baroque masterpieces of Henry Purcell still lay some time in the future. Lawes, Wilson, and their contemporaries knew and worked with some of the greatest poets of their day -- which is to say, some of the greatest poets in the history of the English language -- so it is no surprise that they cultivated the "declamatory song," a uniquely English genre that aimed for the clearest, most expressive treatment of the text, but in a manner quite distinct from the more well-known Italian style of the period. Lawes, in particular, was widely praised for his "tunefull and well-measur'd song," as his friend the poet John Milton put it, while Wilson enjoyed a reputation as a brilliant lutenist, singer, and tunesmith. Join us as we celebrate this rich and unjustly neglected repertoire!
WASSAIL, WASSAIL ALL OVER THE TOWN!
Join the Élan Ensemble ladies, Elissa Edwards, soprano & Anastasia Pike, harp, for a festive evening of carols in the Hammond–Harwood House Museum ballroom.
Celebrate the season with historical flair as we highlight traditions from London to Amsterdam and explore how the Loockermans might have celebrated this festive occasion.
Christmas day was reserved for family celebrations and helping those less fortunate, while Twelfth Night marked the society event of the season, where friends and loved ones gathered together to celebrate the final hours of Christmas cheer. Celebrate the New Year and join us for our most popular event of the year!
Tickets: $40 per person/$35 Members
The Music of Barbara Strozzi & Francesca Caccini
with lute solos by Gianoncelli and Piccinini
Elissa Edwards, Soprano
Richard Kolb, Archlute & Theorbo
Francesca Caccini and Barbara Strozzi were two of the most remarkable women in seventeenth-century Europe, not just because of their achievements as composers, but also because they successfully engaged in a field normally reserved exclusively for men. In the culture of their time any publicly displayed intellectual achievement by women was commonly viewed as a dangerous subversion of social order, yet both Caccini and Strozzi managed to establish themselves as well respected composers with careers comparable to those of many famous male contemporaries.