Mad About You: Mad Songs and Theater Music from Restoration England

The Virtu Ensemble

Moments of madness make for the best theater: think Hamlet, King Lear or Lady Macbeth. While philosophers, psychologists and even some politicians have tried to make sense of the continuing appeal of folly, the dramatic arts have consistently appealed to folly to make better sense of life’s many hurts. Perhaps not surprisingly, the theme of madness and irrationality ran particularly high in Restoration England as it was ravaged by social turmoil and changing leadership.

Join The Virtu Ensemble for a concert of passion, both beautiful and insane, as they explore the music of Henry Purcell and John Eccles, including mad songs and instrumental adaptations from Don Quixote, The Tempest, The Spanish Fryar, The Virtuous Wife, and ending with the anonymous “Willow Song” from Othello.

The Virtu Ensemble was founded by a group of ladies, all specialized in Baroque music, who like their tuning and temperament to be adventurous, bold, and not always Baroque. As a South Bay based ensemble, Virtu made their debut in October of 2017 at Tateuchi Hall in Mountain View. For information on their upcoming season and performances, please visit

VIRTU ENSEMBLE: Angelique Zuluaga, soprano; Claudia Gantivar, recorder; Laura Rubinstein-Salzedo, violin; Alisa Rata Stutzbach, viola; Maria Brodsky, harpsichord

Monday, June 4, 2018; 2:30 PM
2320 Dana Street, Berkeley, CA 94704
Price: Suggestion donation of $20, $10 for students and seniors

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