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Week of August 31

Norbert Rodenkirchen

On Harmonia this week, we celebrate our 800th episode with medieval flute, improvisation, and the true story behind the medieval tale of the Pied Piper, in a conversation with Norbert Rodenkirchen of the renowned medieval ensemble Sequentia. Plus, we’ll preview his new CD with singer Sabine Lutzenberger of the music of 13th-century minnesinger Heinrich von Meissen. Join us! (Repeat of May 4, 2015) LISTEN HERE

Week of September 7

Eye Music, Ear Candy

Don’t you hate it when you’re not “in” on an in-joke? We’ll let you in on the humor in some of the earliest and wittiest examples of “eye music,” where the punchlines are hidden on the page for the performers to enjoy-and the audience has absolutely no idea. This is musical sleight-of-hand at its finest! Then, we’ll hear some of this visually and technically fascinating music performed in our featured release by Crawford Young and the Ferrara Ensemble. (Repeat of May 11, 2015) LISTEN HERE

Week of September 14

Young Performers Festival Highlights, Part One

Early Music America held its fifth Young Performers Festival in June 2015, bringing together students and ensembles from colleges, universities and conservatories throughout North America to perform a series of concerts. You’ll hear highlights from those performances this week on Harmonia!

Week of September 21

You Bet!

“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!) (Repeat of June 8, 2015) LISTEN HERE

Week of September 28

Young Performers Festival Highlights, Part Two

You’ll hear more highlights from Early Music America’s Young Performers Festival this week on Harmonia! Plus, we’ll feature a recording of world premieres from violist da gamba Julianne Laake. Join us.

Week of October 5

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.

Week of October 12

Kiss Me!

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, plus, we’ll feature a recording aptly entitled Comédie et Tragédie…because kissing can be like that too. Won’t you pucker up and join us?

Week of October 19

Family Ties

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 Praetoriuses, the Manfredinis, the Berlins, and the Forquerays. Plus, we’ll feature releases from Jordi Savall and his two musical offspring. (Repeat of June 15, 2015) LISTEN HERE

Week of October 26

A Tribute to Scott Reiss

We’re marking the tenth anniversary of the death of Scott Reiss, virtuoso recorder player and champion of early and traditional music. We’ll hear a remembrance from Reiss’ partner in life and music, Tina Chancey, and we’ll listen to a variety of music from his many projects and recordings. Join us!

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