Nell joins Hesperus and the Madison Early Music Festival
Jul
8
7:00 PM19:00

Nell joins Hesperus and the Madison Early Music Festival

Hesperus provides the live soundtrack to “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”

The 1923 silent film “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” was based on a novel by Victor Hugo (1802-1885).  Hugo, whose father had been a general in Napoleon’s army during the French Revolution of 1789, conceived the novel during the revolution of July 1830.  Published as Notre-Dame de Paris in 1831, it became an immediate success.

Silent films were never meant to be silent; they were intended to be performed with musical accompaniment. During the current silent film revival, musicians are approaching that challenge in a number of creative ways. Some are finding and reconstructing the original music written for a film when it was first produced. Others are writing their own scores, in every style from atonal music to jazz. More than a few old theaters have renovated their mammoth theater organs, and keyboard players improvise soundtracks today as they did in the 20s. 

HESPERUS is doing something different. We have crafted a soundtrack of music centered upon the time and place the film was set, 15th century France, and perform the music on copies of period instruments. Actually, we’ve expanded our parameters to include French and Burgundian music from 1300-1500, giving us a chance to feature such masters as Guillaume de Machaut, Jehan l’Escurel, Guillaume Dufay, as well as lesser-known composers such as Vaillant, Morton and Borlet. We use this music in different ways—some individual characters, like Esmeralda and Quasimodo have their own themes. There’s also a love theme, and a theme for the beggars. Some pieces were written in 3 or 4 parts, and although we may vary the instrumentation, we perform the music as written. Others are monophonic, single-line pieces and we use the melodies as vehicles for improvisation. Occasionally we’ll string together tunes with a similar spirit and make medleys; or we’ll mirror the fight between the nobles and beggars with contrasting tunes.  We’ll introduce our instruments just before the film starts, and then you’ll have a choice during the film, whether to watch the screen or the performers.  

The Hunchback is our second ‘History’s Soundtrack’ presentation, and audiences tell us that the combination of film and early music gives the action an unexpected depth and poignancy. This fits right into HESPERUS’s mission: to find points of connection between the past and present.

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Nell and Amro Helmy join Schola Antiqua at the Perimeter Institute
May
7
7:30 PM19:30

Nell and Amro Helmy join Schola Antiqua at the Perimeter Institute

“Without narrative – and starting with an overlapping call of sacred sounds as might be heard in some hours at the Dung Gate, or Aleppo of a former decade, or in cities of North Africa, or Mumbai – we introduce some memories preserved in oral or written tradition from the peoples who inhabited or moved through medieval Jerusalem.” Matthew Dean

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UChicago Presents ATALANTE, Erin Headley director
Apr
7
3:00 PM15:00

UChicago Presents ATALANTE, Erin Headley director

With sumptuous costumes and semi-staged performances, the British consort Atalante is reviving a repertoire of early Baroque laments that have languished in the Vatican library for centuries. The group is led by acclaimed early music scholar Erin Headley on the lirone, a multi-stringed bowed instrument with a uniquely beautiful sound. Together with a chitarrone, triple harp, baroque guitar, harpsichord, and viola da gamba, the ensemble supports a trio of female voices who bring to life a program of ultra-expressive laments.

Milton in Love paints a portrait of the English poet John Milton’s sojourn through Rome where he fraternized with the Illuminati, attended opera and oratorios, and became enamored with the singing of soprano Leonora Baroni. The laments display the sensuality, ecstasy, and eroticism of early Baroque Rome, and the performances by Headley and her ensemble are sure to surprise and delight audiences as well.

Atalante presents Milton in Love: Music in the Eternal City on Sunday, April 7 at 3 pm in the Logan Center Performance Hall. Prior to the performance, students from Professor Robert Kendrick’s graduate seminar will deliver a lecture on Milton’s encounter with Italian music.

2pm pre-concert lecture on Milton's encounter with Italian music

Presented in partnership with the Italian Culture Institute.

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Friends of Chamber Music Kansas City presents ATALANTE, Erin Headley director
Apr
5
8:00 PM20:00

Friends of Chamber Music Kansas City presents ATALANTE, Erin Headley director

ATALANTE presents Milton in Love: The Birth of Opera, Oratorio, and Cantata in the Eternal City. The concert’s repertoire draws on music commissioned by the Barberini family (the poet pope, Urban VIII and his highly cultivated nephews) with dramatic cantatas, laments and scenes from opera and oratorio by Luigi Rossi, Marco Marazzoli, Domenico Mazzocchi and Rossi’s inspiration, Claudio Monteverdi. The period 1620–1660 reached new heights of realism, sensuality, ecstasy and eroticism which was the essence of the new style first awakened in Rome and later came to be known as ‘Baroque’.

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ATALANTE presents Milton in Love: The Birth of Opera, Oratorio, and Cantata in the Eternal City.
Apr
2
7:00 PM19:00

ATALANTE presents Milton in Love: The Birth of Opera, Oratorio, and Cantata in the Eternal City.

ATALANTE presents Milton in Love: The Birth of Opera, Oratorio, and Cantata in the Eternal City. The concert’s repertoire draws on music commissioned by the Barberini family (the poet pope, Urban VIII and his highly cultivated nephews) with dramatic cantatas, laments and scenes from opera and oratorio by Luigi Rossi, Marco Marazzoli, Domenico Mazzocchi and Rossi’s inspiration, Claudio Monteverdi. The period 1620–1660 reached new heights of realism, sensuality, ecstasy and eroticism which was the essence of the new style first awakened in Rome and later came to be known as ‘Baroque’.

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Nell joins Repast in "Wanderlust"
Mar
15
8:00 PM20:00

Nell joins Repast in "Wanderlust"

Repast explores the German fascination with nature and escapism, with inspired repertoire from the early Baroque as well as the early romantic periods.

Works by Buxtehude, Bernhard, Spohr, Schubert, and Mendelssohn

Performers:

Nell Snaidas, soprano
Amelia Roosevelt, violin

Stephanie Corwin, bassoon
Katie Rietman, cello
Arash Noori, theorbo and guitar
Gabe Shuford, harpsichord

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Nell joins Repast in "Wanderlust"
Mar
14
8:00 PM20:00

Nell joins Repast in "Wanderlust"

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Repast explores the German fascination with nature and escapism, with inspired repertoire from the early Baroque as well as the early romantic periods.

Works by Buxtehude, Bernhard, Spohr, Schubert, and Mendelssohn



Nell Snaidas, soprano
Amelia Roosevelt, violin
Stephanie Corwin, bassoon
Katie Rietman, cello
Arash Noori, theorbo and guitar
Gabe Shuford, harpsichord

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Nell joins the Toronto Chamber Choir as guest artist/curator of "Convivencia"
Mar
2
8:00 PM20:00

Nell joins the Toronto Chamber Choir as guest artist/curator of "Convivencia"

Jews, Muslims, and Christians co-existed in relative peace during the Convivencia period in Medieval and Renaissance Spain. A surprising amount of cultural amalgamation took place in the arts: Classic Greek texts were translated simultaneously into Hebrew, Arabic, and Latin. Architecture blended elements of synagogues, mosques, and cathedrals. The music of all three religions also flourished, with each borrowing stylistic elements from the others. Blending Sephardic folk songs, classical Arabic melodies, and Spanish polyphony, this dynamic concert revels in the musical exchange that took place between the world’s three great monotheistic religions.

Lucas Harris, lute, conductor • Nell Snaidas, guest curator, voice, guitar • Ronnie Malley, oud, voice • Daphna Mor, recorder, ney, voice • Ben Grossman, percussion

Pre-concert chat at 7:15 with Nell Snaidas, Ronnie Malley, & Daphna Mor

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Special guest artists Nell Snaidas and Zafer Tawil Join The Rose Ensemble in the land of 3 Faiths
Feb
13
4:30 PM16:30

Special guest artists Nell Snaidas and Zafer Tawil Join The Rose Ensemble in the land of 3 Faiths

The result of years of intensive research and training, “Land of Three Faiths” is at once sacred, secular, folk, and classical, embarking on a fascinating exploration of language, spirituality, and cultural exchange. Featuring instruments and musical ideas that blur the lines between Arabic and European, this entertaining and enlightening program is steeped in the rich history of the Abrahamic faiths, achieving a perfect balance of edgy improvisation, exotic vocal styles, and ancient traditions.
 
Highlighting the Hispano-Arabic Middle Ages as both an important and devastating chapter of Judaic, Christian, and Islamic history, laments of the Sephardic Jews mingle with Arab-Andalusian dances and Spanish court songs, while rhythmic cantigas, Hebrew cantillation, and Gregorian chant meet the mystical world of Sufi poetry.

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ARIZONA EARLY MUSIC presents Nell Snaidas and Chatham Baroque in Repertoire Español
Jan
27
3:00 PM15:00

ARIZONA EARLY MUSIC presents Nell Snaidas and Chatham Baroque in Repertoire Español

Tucson’s presidio walls speak to the vast extent of the Spanish empire. Our contribution to the 2019 Tucson Desert Song Festival celebrates this heritage in a concert of music from Spain and Latin America, in medieval Sephardic monophony, 16th and 17th century songs with the vihuela and Baroque guitar, bold zarzuela arias, and vibrant villancicos. This rich repertoire will intermingle with lively dances for string band and percussion.

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Nell joins Chatham Baroque in "Alegría, Christmas music from Spain and the New World"
Dec
16
2:30 PM14:30

Nell joins Chatham Baroque in "Alegría, Christmas music from Spain and the New World"

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Chatham Baroque’s holiday program explores music of Baroque Spain and the New World. Nell Snaidas (soprano) and Raquel Winnica Young (mezzo soprano) will charm and dazzle singing in their native Spanish, extolling the joys of the season as expressed through the unique music of Hispanic colonial times.

With guests: Nell Snaidas (soprano); Raquel Winnica Young (mezzo soprano)and Danny Mallon (percussion)

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Nell joins Chatham Baroque in "Alegría, Christmas music from Spain and the New World"
Dec
15
8:00 PM20:00

Nell joins Chatham Baroque in "Alegría, Christmas music from Spain and the New World"

Chatham Baroque’s holiday program explores music of Baroque Spain and the New World. Nell Snaidas (soprano) and Raquel Winnica Young (mezzo soprano) will charm and dazzle singing in their native Spanish, extolling the joys of the season as expressed through the unique music of Hispanic colonial times.

With guests: Nell Snaidas (soprano); Raquel Winnica Young (mezzo soprano)and Danny Mallon (percussion)

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Nell joins Chatham Baroque in "Alegría, Christmas music from Spain and the New World"
Dec
14
7:30 PM19:30

Nell joins Chatham Baroque in "Alegría, Christmas music from Spain and the New World"

Chatham Baroque’s holiday program explores music of Baroque Spain and the New World. Nell Snaidas (soprano) and Raquel Winnica Young (mezzo soprano) will charm and dazzle singing in their native Spanish, extolling the joys of the season as expressed through the unique music of Hispanic colonial times.

With guests: Nell Snaidas (soprano); Raquel Winnica Young (mezzo soprano)and Danny Mallon (percussion)

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Portland Baroque Orchestra presents "An Empire of Silver and Gold" Daniel Zuluaga, director
Nov
18
3:00 PM15:00

Portland Baroque Orchestra presents "An Empire of Silver and Gold" Daniel Zuluaga, director

Daniel Zuluaga leads a collective of musicians from Canada, Colombia, Cuba, Argentina and the US, in a program he created of vocal and instrumental pieces from 18th-century Latin American manuscript sources, including works by Juan de Araujo, Andrés Flores, Joseph de Torres, and Juan Franzés Yribarren. The idea of an empire full of gold, silver, and other treasures was one of the most powerful fantasies that the New World imprinted upon the imagination of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century European conquerors and explorers. As vast material and human riches were plundered, colonizers also planted some precious and perhaps unintended seeds. The one that may have flourished most vigorously was music, which was an effective tool for evangelizing the indigenous and African slave populations. The wonders of polyphony and the teaching of music bore fruits in Colonial Latin America that were nothing short of extraordinary. The geographic immensity of this region, from what is today the Southern United States to Patagonia, offered the most fertile soil for such fruit. The program "An Empire of Silver and Gold," deemed by the San Diego Union Tribune as a “treasure with its own shimmer and gleam,” is built around works selected, edited, and reconstructed by Zuluaga from some of the most important musical archives in the Americas—from cathedrals in Bolivia, Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico, and Peru, among others—woven together to provide an informal overview, a snapshot, of the wonders of music in Colonial Latin America. Soloists include: Nell Snaidas, Jennifer Ellis Kampani, Solange Merdidian, Joel González Estrada and Adrian Rosas.

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Portland Baroque Orchestra presents "An Empire of Silver and Gold" Daniel Zuluaga, director
Nov
17
7:30 PM19:30

Portland Baroque Orchestra presents "An Empire of Silver and Gold" Daniel Zuluaga, director

Daniel Zuluaga leads a collective of musicians from Canada, Colombia, Cuba, Argentina and the US, in a program he created of vocal and instrumental pieces from 18th-century Latin American manuscript sources, including works by Juan de Araujo, Andrés Flores, Joseph de Torres, and Juan Franzés Yribarren. The idea of an empire full of gold, silver, and other treasures was one of the most powerful fantasies that the New World imprinted upon the imagination of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century European conquerors and explorers. As vast material and human riches were plundered, colonizers also planted some precious and perhaps unintended seeds. The one that may have flourished most vigorously was music, which was an effective tool for evangelizing the indigenous and African slave populations. The wonders of polyphony and the teaching of music bore fruits in Colonial Latin America that were nothing short of extraordinary. The geographic immensity of this region, from what is today the Southern United States to Patagonia, offered the most fertile soil for such fruit. The program "An Empire of Silver and Gold," deemed by the San Diego Union Tribune as a “treasure with its own shimmer and gleam,” is built around works selected, edited, and reconstructed by Zuluaga from some of the most important musical archives in the Americas—from cathedrals in Bolivia, Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico, and Peru, among others—woven together to provide an informal overview, a snapshot, of the wonders of music in Colonial Latin America. Soloists include: Nell Snaidas, Jennifer Ellis Kampani, Solange Meridian, Joel González Estrada and Adrian Rosas.

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Portland Baroque Orchestra presents "An Empire of Silver and Gold" Daniel Zuluaga, director
Nov
16
7:30 PM19:30

Portland Baroque Orchestra presents "An Empire of Silver and Gold" Daniel Zuluaga, director

Daniel Zuluaga leads a collective of musicians from Canada, Colombia, Cuba, Argentina and the US, in a program he created of vocal and instrumental pieces from 18th-century Latin American manuscript sources, including works by Juan de Araujo, Andrés Flores, Joseph de Torres, and Juan Franzés Yribarren. The idea of an empire full of gold, silver, and other treasures was one of the most powerful fantasies that the New World imprinted upon the imagination of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century European conquerors and explorers. As vast material and human riches were plundered, colonizers also planted some precious and perhaps unintended seeds. The one that may have flourished most vigorously was music, which was an effective tool for evangelizing the indigenous and African slave populations. The wonders of polyphony and the teaching of music bore fruits in Colonial Latin America that were nothing short of extraordinary. The geographic immensity of this region, from what is today the Southern United States to Patagonia, offered the most fertile soil for such fruit. The program "An Empire of Silver and Gold," deemed by the San Diego Union Tribune as a “treasure with its own shimmer and gleam,” is built around works selected, edited, and reconstructed by Zuluaga from some of the most important musical archives in the Americas—from cathedrals in Bolivia, Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico, and Peru, among others—woven together to provide an informal overview, a snapshot, of the wonders of music in Colonial Latin America.

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GEMAS & 5BMF present: Corónica (Daniel Zuluaga, director) in "An Empire of Silver and Gold"
Nov
5
7:00 PM19:00

GEMAS & 5BMF present: Corónica (Daniel Zuluaga, director) in "An Empire of Silver and Gold"

Daniel Zuluaga leads Corónica, a collective of musicians from Canada, Colombia, Cuba, Argentina and the US, in a program he created of vocal and instrumental pieces from 18th-century Latin American manuscript sources, including works by Juan de Araujo, Andrés Flores, Joseph de Torres, and Juan Franzés Yribarren. The idea of an empire full of gold, silver, and other treasures was one of the most powerful fantasies that the New World imprinted upon the imagination of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century European conquerors and explorers. As vast material and human riches were plundered, colonizers also planted some precious and perhaps unintended seeds. The one that may have flourished most vigorously was music, which was an effective tool for evangelizing the indigenous and African slave populations. The wonders of polyphony and the teaching of music bore fruits in Colonial Latin America that were nothing short of extraordinary. The geographic immensity of this region, from what is today the Southern United States to Patagonia, offered the most fertile soil for such fruit. The program "An Empire of Silver and Gold," deemed by the San Diego Union Tribune as a “treasure with its own shimmer and gleam,” is built around works selected, edited, and reconstructed by Zuluaga from some of the most important musical archives in the Americas—from cathedrals in Bolivia, Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico, and Peru, among others—woven together to provide an informal overview, a snapshot, of the wonders of music in Colonial Latin America. Artists include: Nell Snaidas, Jennifer Ellis Kampani, sopranos, Solange Merdinian mezzo-soprano, Joell González Estrada, tenor, Adrian Rosas, bass-baritone, Priscilla Herreid baroque oboe, recorders, Aisslinn Nosky, Karina Schmitz baroque violin, Katie Rietman, baroque cello, Grant Herreid, Daniel Zuluaga, Simon Martyn-Ellis baroque guitars, theorbo, Rex Benincasa, percussion

 

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Nell joins the Rose Ensemble as a special guest artist in "The Land of 3 Faiths"
Oct
6
8:00 PM20:00

Nell joins the Rose Ensemble as a special guest artist in "The Land of 3 Faiths"

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Nell joins the Rose Ensemble as a guest soloist in their Highly acclaimed concert, "The Land of 3 Faiths". Highlighting the Hispano-Arabic Middle Ages as both an important and devastating chapter of Judaic, Christian, and Islamic history, laments of the Sephardic Jews mingle with Arab-Andalusian dances and Spanish court songs, while rhythmic cantigas, Hebrew cantillation, and Gregorian chant meet the mystical world of Sufi poetry.

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