Week of January 25
Young Performers Festival Highlights, Part Three
We’ll hear even more highlights from Early Music America’s 2015 Young Performers Festival in the final part of our three-part series! Plus, we’ll feature a recording devoted to the work of 15th-century poet-musician Heinrich Laufenberg. (Repeat of October 5, 2015) LISTEN HERE
Week of February 1
It’s an Honor Just to be Nominated!
The 58th annual GRAMMY awards nominees were announced in December of 2015, and among those nominated are some outstanding early music and period performance artists. We’ll hear performances from the Best Opera and Best Classical categories; we’re even tipping our hats to a nominee for Classical Producer of the Year. Regardless of who wins or loses, what is it they say about being listed in one of these award categories? Join us…because it’s an honor just to be nominated!
Week of February 8
From lover’s lip locks to sacred benedictions, kisses have inspired poets and musicians for millennia. A kiss can mean love or death, hello or goodbye. It can be saintly or salacious or shocking! This week on Harmonia, we bring you kisses in all times and tempos. Won’t you pucker up and join us? (Repeat of October 12, 2015) LISTEN HERE
Week of February 15
Mark Twain once wrote, “When in doubt, tell the truth.” Fortunately, not everyone in history shared that view, or music history would be a lot less interesting. This week on Harmonia, we’ll ferret out lies – and liars – in early music. From fibs to falsification, cover-ups to conspiracies, welcome to the Liar’s Club.
Week of February 22
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.” (Repeat of February 23, 2015) LISTEN HERE
Week of February 29
Tom Zajac Retrospective
The early music world lost one of its brightest stars when Tom Zajac, multi-instrumentalist and long-time member of the renaissance band Piffaro, passed away in August 2015 at the age of 58. We’ll spend this hour celebrating his life and work and his brilliance.
Week of March 7
We’re investigating the moniker “Monica” this week on Harmonia. We’ll trace a tune dubbed “Monica” that was popular throughout Europe for two centuries. We’ll also shine a spotlight on violinist Monica Huggett and hear music for the glass armonica. Plus, a featured release from Monica Groop and the Helsinki Baroque Orchestra. Join us! (Repeat of August 17, 2015) LISTEN HERE
Week of March 14
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. (Repeat of March 23, 2015) LISTEN HERE
Week of March 21
An Unexpected Easter
This week on Harmonia, we’ll explore lesser-known works written for the Christian celebration of Easter. We’ll hear music from the 15th to 18th centuries including an oratorio from a young Handel in Rome, chamber music by François Couperin, and a polychoral motet by Italian priest and composer Giovanni Giorgi.
Week of March 28
We’ll speak with guitarist/lutenist Richard Savino about his ensemble El Mundo’s recent program of music and art from the time of Caravaggio and Gentileschi. Join us!