2014 Concerts

Saturday 22nd November, 4.00pm: St Cecilia 2014

Demenichino, St Cecilia, 1620

Demenichino, St Cecilia, 1620

In late 17th century England, 22 November was a grand occasion with celebrations in honour of St Cecilia, patron saint of music. Hear some of Purcell’s chromatically luscious arias and instrumental music now arranged with viols, along with one each of his 3,4,5,6 and 7 part works for viol consort. We also present Monteverdi’s heart rending Lamento d’Arianna and more settings of Dorothy Porter‘s wonderful poetry with premieres by Brooke Green.

Josie Ryan, soprano
Brooke Green, Fiona Ziegler, Catherine Upex, Imogen Granwal, viols

Guest artists

Victoria Watts, viol

Jacques Emery, double bass and percussion

Glebe Music Festival

Glebe Town Hall, 170 St Johns Rd, Glebe

$35 and $25 concession, available at the door and through Glebe Music Society.

Sunday 1st June, 2.30pm: Music for Jeanne d’Arc and Dorothy Porter

Josie and the Emeralds

Josie and the Emeralds

In our next concert we celebrate Jeanne d’Arc and Dorothy Porter with music from the 15th and 21st centuries by Dufay, Agricola, Elena Kats-Chernin and Brooke Green.

Mosman Music Club, Blessed Sacrament Church, 59 Bradley’s Head Rd, Mosman, Sydney.

In 1429, with a divine calling, an uneducated peasant, the 17 year old Jeanne d’Arc led the French army in several routs against the English and Burgundians. We begin with a setting of Christine de Pizan’s Ditié de Jeanne d’Arc, and trace the history of Jeanne’s life with music from the 15th century by Dufay, Dunstable, Agricola and Josquin.

Dorothy Porter (1954 – 2008), was one of Australia’s greatest poetic visionaries, inspiring Brooke Green to set some of her Bone-Burning Tunes including her mesmerizing Emerald Leopard. Continuing their mission to present contemporary as well as rare gems of early music, Josie and the Emeralds will also perform music by Elena Kats-Chernin and Arvo Pärt, and Brooke Green’s Graceful Ghost as heard on ABC Classic FM.

Josie Ryan, soprano
Brooke Green, Fiona Ziegler, Catherine Upex, Laura Moore, viols

Guest artists
Belinda Montgomery, soprano and Jacques Emery, double bass and percussion

Saturday 29 March 5pm: New Fashions

newfashions4Dorothy Porter’s Bone-Burning Tunes set to music by Brooke Green. (World Premiere)

Sarah Mead’s Fantasia sine nomine for five viols (Australian Premiere)

Lyra viol music by Jenkins, Coleman, Loosemore (Australian Premieres)

Josie and the Emeralds with lyra viol specialist, Sarah Mead, (USA)

Josie Ryan, soprano
Brooke Green, Fiona Ziegler, Catherine Upex, Laura Moore, viols

Glebe Town Hall, 170 St Johns Rd, Glebe

$30 and $20 concession, available at the door.

Australian Premiere of the Lyra Viol

People have always been drawn to the latest fads and gadgets; it was the same 400 years ago as it is today. In the 1600’s instrument-makers came up with a new fusion of string technologies, somewhere between a guitar, a harp, and a viola da gamba: the lyra-viol, with six gut strings for bowing chords and seven wire strings to give it a powerful buzz. Meanwhile English college kids had started the new craze of change-ringing: aerobic exercise, loud music, mathematical puzzles, and dizzying heights – what more could you want? The populace, reeling from the recent civil war, were eager to live their lives to the fullest. New fashions abounded. In the midst of it all, John Jenkins – talented, genial, everybody’s favorite musician – made the most of the new fads. The avid amateur musician, Roger North, said of him, “Of all his conceits, none flew about with his name so universally as the small piece called his Bells.”

 

Today Josie and the Emeralds continue the tradition of embracing the new while celebrating the old. Their forthcoming program, “New Fashions”, with guest artist Sarah Mead, brings the glorious lyra-viol to the stage in combination with voice and strings, with exuberant pieces reflecting the crazes of 17th-century England (including the ubiquitous bells), as well as new pieces fresh from their 21st-century imaginations.

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