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Week of February 2


Music is many things to many people. The late poet Maya Angelou called music her refuge. To Jack Kerouac, music was “the only truth.” And to composers and musicians through the ages, music was bread and board—and sometimes muse! We’ll hear music about music this week on Harmonia. (Repeat of September 22, 2014) LISTEN HERE

Week of February 9

Call Me Cate

Catherine, Caterina, Cate: it’s a perennially popular name shared by sovereigns, singers and saints alike. This week on Harmonia, we’ll hear music by, for and about various Catherines from history, and we’ll shine a spotlight on the early music performer Catherine Mackintosh. Plus, we’ll feature a release from the ensemble La Reverdie. (Repeat of June 23, 2014) LISTEN HERE

Week of February 16

You’ll Laugh, You’ll Cry

Laughter and tears: Two of the most human forms of expression. We laugh when we’re happy, and sometimes even when we’re not; we cry for almost as many reasons as there are tears—for pride, grief, annoyance, and of course, love. But how do you snicker—or sob—in song? You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, this week on Harmonia. (Repeat of September 29, 2014) LISTEN HERE

Week of February 23

Down on the Farm

Old MacDonald had a farm…and this week on Harmonia, so do we! We’ll throw open the barn doors to showcase music inspired by sheep, cats, chickens—even the frogs down by the creek. Tune in for musical clucks and baas! Plus, we’ll feature a release by Ensemble Amarillis about a “faithful shepherd.”

Week of March 2

One is the Loveliest Number

One is the loneliest number, but here on Harmonia, it’s also the loveliest! We’re single and loving it this week, as we explore paeans to solitude, songs of unrequited love—even a sumptuous soundscape sprung from a single note. It’s lonely music from the renaissance, baroque, and beyond. (Repeat of June 30, 2014) LISTEN HERE

Week of March 9

2014 EMA Baroque Performance Competition

On October 11, 2014, six finalist ensembles performed in Early Music America’s Baroque Performance Competition. We’ll hear performances from all six ensembles, including the Grand Prize winner! (Repeat of November 24, 2014) LISTEN HERE

Week of March 16

All in a Garden Green

It’s been a long, hard winter, and for most of us, spring is a welcome relief. The birds fly home, the ground thaws, and if you’re a gardener, you finally get to dig around in the dirt. This week on Harmonia, we’re celebrating gardens and harvesting musical blooms from across the centuries—flowers and fruit and everything green. (Repeat of May 5, 2014) LISTEN HERE

Week of March 23

Music for Holy Week

The liturgy of the Christian Holy Week has inspired centuries of music from diverse composers and is rich with musical depictions and meditations reflecting on the death and suffering of Christ. This week on Harmonia, music for Palm Sunday and the Paschal Triduum services leading up to Easter.

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