Week of June 8
“You bet your life!”-”Let’s roll the dice!”-”I’m all in!”
The urge to gamble is so embedded in our language that it’s tough to imagine a life without a wager or two of some kind. And “we’re game” this week on Harmonia, as we explore music by gamblers, for gamblers, and about gamblers. (Double-dog dare you to join us!)
Week of June 15
Music seems to run in the family for some genetic bloodlines! Glance back through history and you might notice that there are lots of children who followed in their fathers’ musical footsteps. This week on Harmonia, we’re looking at families wired for song including the Praetorius’s, the Manfredini’s, the Berlin’s, and the Forqueray’s. Plus, we’ll feature releases from Jordi Savall and his two musical offspring.
Week of June 22
Does Your Voice Hang Low?
This week on Harmonia, we’re getting the lowdown on music written for gentlemen with supremely subterranean vocal ranges. No doubt, there’s something special about that “basso profundo” sound. Plus, our featured release by Christopher Wolverton and the Vox Early Music Ensemble takes record-setting depths with performances that include the lowest known ranges in Renaissance vocal music. Join us.”
Week of June 29
Smell the Roses (formerly known as Shakespeare in the Park)
Roses are red, violets are blue… and this week on Harmonia, we invite you to go tripping through the tulips with us as we bring you a program of early music with texts inspired by both romantic and symbolic associations with flowers. Join us, and smell the roses!
Week of July 6
A Tribute to Margriet Tindemans
This week on Harmonia, we’re paying tribute to Margaretha (“Margriet”) Tindemans, an early music pioneer and “ferociously talented” medieval fiddle player who passed away December 31, 2014. Join us for a special remembrance brought to us by Margriet’s colleague and good friend, gambist Wendy Gillespie.
Week of July 13
What do LCD Soundsystem, Solage, the Beastie Boys, and Johannes de Porta all have in common? Give up?
They’ve all engaged in the art of musical name-dropping, paying respect to the masters that came before them, (or the patrons providing the paychecks). This week on Harmonia, we’ll bring you music that gives credit where credit is due. Plus, our featured release by Musica Nova showcases a work that takes the time to acknowledge every one of the choir members who sang it with the composer. Join us.
Week of July 20
Remembering Pat O’Brien
We’re remembering lutenist Pat O’Brien this week on Harmonia. “Pat’s death, last July (2014), has left an enormous hole in the historical plucked instrument community,” says Paul O’Dette, who brings us a tribute to the life and work of this influential early music performer and teacher.
Week of July 27
My Tunes: Shira Kammen
This week on Harmonia, we’re bringing you another installment of what we call “My Tunes,” in which we ask people who work and play in early music this simple question: What are you listening to right now? This time we’re focusing on multi-instrumentalist Shira Kammen. Join us!