Concert features dramas from Middle Ages, Baroque era
March 19, 2008
KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University's early music ensemble, Collegium Musicum, presents a free concert of dramatic works from the Middle Ages and Baroque period at 8:15 p.m. Tuesday, April 1, in the Dalton Center Recital Hall.
Directed by Matthew Steel, WMU associate professor of music, the 16 singers and 14 instrumentalists that constitute the ensemble will open with semi-staged excerpts from Adam de la Halle's "Play of Robin and Marion." The hilarious 13th-century production is a reenactment of a shepherdess's encounter with an errant knight who has amorous motives. Rebec, vielles, psaltery and other medieval instruments will be employed.
The second half of the concert features excerpts from Henry Purcell's opera "Dido and Aeneas," his semi-opera "The Fairy Queen," and two of his best-known chamber music works. The orchestra of strings, recorders, trumpets, harpsichord and organ will utilize performance practices from the Baroque era.
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