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Week of September 29

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.

Week of October 6

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 October 13

Spotlight on New York Pro Musica Antiqua, Part 1

Harmonia shines a spotlight on the New York Pro Musica Antiqua, the ensemble that first popularized early music in America. We’ll take a look at its history and hear from some of its members. (Repeat of March 25, 2013.) LISTEN HERE

Week of October 20

Spotlight on New York Pro Musica Antiqua, Part 2

On Harmonia, join us for some fun with bawdy songs, rounds and catches. Then Wendy Gillespie brings us part two of a New York Pro Musica Antiqua retrospective. We’ll also hear from a collection of dances and Gaelic laments in our featured release. (Repeat of April 1, 2013.) LISTEN HERE

Week of October 27

Spotlight on New York Pro Musica Antiqua, Part 3

On Harmonia, Wendy Gillespie brings us the third and final part of our tribute to the ensemble that started the early music movement in the US. We’ll hear about the final years of the New York Pro Musica Antiqua and listen to music from one of the earliest fully staged baroque operas to be mounted in America. Plus, we’ll explore some music set to words by famous poets and hear from a recent recording by Capella de Minstrers. (Repeat of April 8, 2013.) LISTEN HERE

Week of November 3

And One Was a Soldier

We’ll head into battle for a sampling of music by, for, or about soldiers. For many musicians of the past, war was personal; it ravaged their cities, starved their loved ones, drove them to flee, or inspired them to fight. And, sometimes, it influenced what they wrote. We’ll explore music with military ties on this edition of Harmonia. (Repeat of May 12, 2014) LISTEN HERE

Week of November 10

Catchy Tunes:Gloria tibi Trinitas

We’re solving an antiphon mystery this week on Harmonia. It seems that every composer worth his salt in England from the mid-16th to the end of the 17th century composed at least one, and sometimes many pieces titled “In nomine.” We’ll find out why, as well as explore the sackbut as part of our “Listener’s Guide to the Renaissance Consort.” (Repeat of July 30, 2012) LISTEN HERE

Week of November 17

Thanks and Praise

Over the centuries, countless composers have turned to music as a way of giving thanks. They have written music giving thanks to God, to country, even to the Pope! We’ll explore music from a variety of composers, including a featured recording by the Choir of New College, Oxford. Join us. (Repeat of November 18, 2013) LISTEN HERE

Week of November 24

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!

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