Nell curates "Daring Sisters" for the San Francisco Girls Choir, Valérie Sainte-Agathe director
Oct
19
7:00 PM19:00

Nell curates "Daring Sisters" for the San Francisco Girls Choir, Valérie Sainte-Agathe director

  • St Mark's Lutheran Church San Francisco (map)
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Nell curates a program of Latin American Baroque Music inspired by the writings of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz or the San Francisco Girls Choir, directed by Valérie Sainte-Agathe, featuring Richard Savino’s GRAMMY nominated ensemble El Mundo and sopranos Jennifer Ellis Kampani and Nell Snaidas

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Nell joins the Rose Ensemble in The Land of Three Faiths at Thiel College
Nov
7
7:00 PM19:00

Nell joins the Rose Ensemble in The Land of Three Faiths at Thiel College

  • David Johnson Memorial Chapel, Thiel College (map)
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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.

“This program wasn’t a performance. It was more like a resurrection. The Rose Ensemble breathes life into stark, ancient manuscripts . . . restores them as new creations.”
Ames Life & Times

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Nell joins Schola Antiqua at the Michigan Festival of Sacred Music in "Jerusalem 1000-1400”,
Nov
17
4:00 PM16:00

Nell joins Schola Antiqua at the Michigan Festival of Sacred Music in "Jerusalem 1000-1400”,

  • First Congregational United Church of Christ 345 W Michigan Ave. Kalamazoo, MI (map)
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Schola Antiqua is an Early music vocal ensemble dedicated to music written before the year 1600. They will be performing Jerusalem 1000-1400, a program originally commissioned by the Metropolitan Museum of Art. “One of the world’s leading interpreters of Sephardic music… the American-Uruguayan soprano Nell Snaidas took the spotlight, with the confidence of a master teacher, she offered three love songs that brought a flexibility to the choir’s timbre and an earthy passion to the austere Fuentidueña Chapel (Cloisters Metropolitan Museum of Art).”

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Aquila & Tres Hermanicas debut the program "Roses & Almonds" at the San Francisco Early Music Society
Nov
22
8:00 PM20:00

Aquila & Tres Hermanicas debut the program "Roses & Almonds" at the San Francisco Early Music Society

Roses & Almonds

A concert combining Sephardic music and medieval Cantigas, celebrating life, love, food & drink, nature, spirituality, adventure & humor. In Christian and Sephardic cultures, both the rose and the almond are powerful symbols. The rose, with its beauty and sensual fragrance evokes love, fragility and the Virgin Mary, where the almond symbolizes renewal, hope, perseverance and virginity. There is a myth in Judaism that links the bottom of the almond to the entrance to the underworld. This program celebrates the sacred and secular delights of both cultures through storytelling, dance and song.

Tres Hermanicas: Nell Snaidas, voice, early guitars; Shira Kammen, vielle, rebec, medieval harp, voice; Daphna Mor, voice, ney, recorders.
Aquila: Phoebe Rosquist, voice; Michele Kennedy, voice; Peter Maund, percussion; Gary Haggerty, oud, saz, percussion; Shira Kammen, vielle, rebec, medieval harp, voice.

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Aquila & Tres Hermanicas debut the program "Roses & Almonds"
Nov
23
7:30 PM19:30

Aquila & Tres Hermanicas debut the program "Roses & Almonds"

  • St. John’s Presbyterian Church (map)
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Roses & Almonds

A concert combining Sephardic music and medieval Cantigas, celebrating life, love, food & drink, nature, spirituality, adventure & humor. In Christian and Sephardic cultures, both the rose and the almond are powerful symbols. The rose, with its beauty and sensual fragrance evokes love, fragility and the Virgin Mary, where the almond symbolizes renewal, hope, perseverance and virginity. There is a myth in Judaism that links the bottom of the almond to the entrance to the underworld. This program celebrates the sacred and secular delights of both cultures through storytelling, dance and song.

Tres Hermanicas: Nell Snaidas, voice, early guitars; Shira Kammen, vielle, rebec, medieval harp, voice; Daphna Mor, voice, ney, recorders.
Aquila: Phoebe Rosquist, voice; Michele Kennedy, voice; Peter Maund, percussion; Gary Haggerty, oud, saz, percussion; Shira Kammen, vielle, rebec, medieval harp, voice.



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Aquila & Tres Hermanicas debut the program "Roses & Almonds" at the SFEMS
Nov
24
4:00 PM16:00

Aquila & Tres Hermanicas debut the program "Roses & Almonds" at the SFEMS

Roses & Almonds

A concert combining Sephardic music and medieval Cantigas, celebrating life, love, food & drink, nature, spirituality, adventure & humor. In Christian and Sephardic cultures, both the rose and the almond are powerful symbols. The rose, with its beauty and sensual fragrance evokes love, fragility and the Virgin Mary, where the almond symbolizes renewal, hope, perseverance and virginity. There is a myth in Judaism that links the bottom of the almond to the entrance to the underworld. This program celebrates the sacred and secular delights of both cultures through storytelling, dance and song.

Tres Hermanicas: Nell Snaidas, voice, early guitars; Shira Kammen, vielle, rebec, medieval harp, voice; Daphna Mor, voice, ney, recorders.
Aquila: Phoebe Rosquist, voice; Michele Kennedy, voice; Peter Maund, percussion; Gary Haggerty, oud, saz, percussion; Shira Kammen, vielle, rebec, medieval harp, voice.

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Nell curates ¡Fandango! for Musikiwest
Sep
19
7:30 PM19:30

Nell curates ¡Fandango! for Musikiwest

  • Mitchell Park Community Center (map)
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WORKS OF THE LATIN AMERICAN AND SPANISH BAROQUE PERIOD

This program will feature the works of the Spanish and Latin American Baroque. Soprano, Nell Snaidas, praised by the New York Times for her “vocally ravishing” performances, curates this program that will take us from the Spanish Baroque to the music of Peru, Guatemala and Mexico in the New World.

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Nell curates Age of Exploration: Baroque Music of Latin America & Spain for Chamber Fest
Sep
14
7:00 PM19:00

Nell curates Age of Exploration: Baroque Music of Latin America & Spain for Chamber Fest

This year, ChamberFest will feature the works of the Spanish and Latin American Baroque. Soprano Nell Snaidas, praised by the New York Times for her “vocally ravishing” performances, curates this program which will take us from the Spanish Baroque to the music of Peru, Guatemala, and Mexico in the New World. Joining Nell will be Daniel Swenberg on lute and theorbo, Rex Benincasa with all things percussive, Francisco Fullana and Siwoo Kim on violin, and Michelle Djokic playing cello-continuo.On the evening of Saturday, September 14 will be the main offering of our Fandango in the Barn at Glen Oaks Farm where the music will be ringing from the rafters.

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Musical Offering @ Concordia Chamber Fest
Sep
13
6:00 PM18:00

Musical Offering @ Concordia Chamber Fest

Soprano Nell Snaidas, praised by the New York Times for her “vocally ravishing” performances, curates this program which will take us from the Spanish Baroque to the music of Peru, Guatemala, and Mexico in the New World. Joining Nell will be Daniel Swenberg on lute and theorbo, Rex Benincasa with all things percussive, Francisco Fullana and Siwoo Kim on violin, and Michelle Djokic playing cello-continuo. This is certainly a destination event. On Friday, September 13 at 6:00 PM we will present a “Musical Offering” of baroque works to be discovered by you like a box of truffles in the magical setting of The Chapel at Kings Oaks.

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Nell curates Age of Exploration: Baroque Music of Spain & Latin America for Chamber Fest
Sep
13
to Sep 14

Nell curates Age of Exploration: Baroque Music of Spain & Latin America for Chamber Fest

Age of Exploration: Baroque Music of Spain & Latin America

This year, ChamberFest will feature the works of the Spanish and Latin American Baroque. Soprano Nell Snaidas, praised by the New York Times for her “vocally ravishing” performances, curates this program which will take us from the Spanish Baroque to the music of Peru, Guatemala, and Mexico in the New World. Joining Nell will be Daniel Swenberg on lute and theorbo, Rex Benincasa with all things percussive, Francisco Fullana and Siwoo Kim on violin, and Michelle Djokic playing cello-continuo. This is certainly a destination event. Our first offering is a free open rehearsal in the charming Free Library of New Hope on Friday, September 13 at 10:30 AM. That same evening at 6:00 PM we will present a “Musical Offering” of baroque works to be discovered by you like a box of truffles in the magical setting of The Chapel at Kings Oaks. On the evening of Saturday, September 14 will be the main offering of our Fandango in the Barn at Glen Oaks Farm where the music will be ringing from the rafters.

2 very special days in 2 extraordinary locations and 3 incredible musical experiences.

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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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GEMAS:Early Music of the Americas presents Rocío de Frutos & Mauel Vilas in "From Latin to Quechua: Songs with Harp"
Jun
17
7:00 PM19:00

GEMAS:Early Music of the Americas presents Rocío de Frutos & Mauel Vilas in "From Latin to Quechua: Songs with Harp"

Soprano, Rocío de Frutos, is joined by harpist Manuel Vilas through a musical journey of ancient Peru. They explore the origin of Catholic hymns in Cuzco and other Quechua-speaking areas, beginning in the 16th century with Latin songs introduced by the Spanish, and culminating in the 19th century, with the explosion of the Catholic devotional songs in Quechua.

GEMAS is a collaboration of Gotham Early Music Scene (GEMS) and Americas Society (AS). The concert series' mission is to present the finest early music repertoire and artists of the Americas and is co-directed by soprano Nell Snaidas and Americas Society Music Director Sebastián Zubieta.

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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"

  • McKinney Chapel at First Unitarian Church (map)
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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"

  • Chatham University Campbell Memorial Chapel (map)
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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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