Seasons, Monthes, Fancies and Dances
12-1 PM Thursday, June 9
PARISH HALL OF ST. MARK’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH
2320 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA
Tickets available at the door. Price: $15.
Christopher Simpson and Matthew Locke represent the best of English music during the time of the Commonwealth, when there was no public music either in church (the Puritans broke all the organs and forbade all but the most austere chant) or at court (there was, of course, no court, at least technically and, in fact, musically). They were both Catholics, and were supported in private houses of wealthy Catholic families until the Restoration. In this setting, chamber music did actually flourish, as this program shows. The music includes selections from “Summer”, one of Simpson’s legendary suites based on the four seasons, and several of his“Monthes” — all for 2 division viols, treble viol and continuo — and selected fancies and dances from Locke’s extraordinary “Flatt Consort” for three viols.
PERFORMERS: Adaiha MacAdam-Somer, treble viol; Peter Hallifax, bass viol; Julie Jeffrey, bass viol; Andrew Canepa, organ.
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