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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Musicians in Ordinary Presents Valentine Program Feb. 18

NYMPHS AND SHEPHERDS CAVORT IN SONG

AT THE MUSICIANS IN ORDINARY FEBRUARY 18

The amorous adventures of nymphs and shepherds make intriguing mini-dramas for Valentine’s week, when The Musicians In Ordinary perform Saturday, February 18, 8 p.m. at the Heliconian Hall, 35 Hazelton Avenue (Bay subway). Tickets, $25, $20 for students and seniors, are available at the door. More information is available from www.musiciansinordinary.ca, by e-mailing musinord@sympatico.ca or by calling 416-535-9956.

Soprano Hallie Fishel and guest tenor Bud Roach, who also plays baroque guitar, join theorboist John Edwards in duets and dialogues from the 16th and 17th centuries. In them, Edwards says, “we hear little dramas as shepherds and nymphs cajole one another, play hard to get, and get pouty and amorous.”

The concert, called When Tircis met Chloris, includes selections by Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643), whose compositions marked the transition from the Renaissance to the Baroque era, and who became one of the first composers of opera.

In addition, the program is likely to include music by Giovanni Felice Sances (1600-1679), who was from Naples, but worked at the Holy Roman Imperial court in Vienna; and songs by Alessandro Grandi, sung by Bud Roach, accompanying himself on Baroque guitar. Grandi was Monteverdi’s vice maestro at St. Mark’s in Venice.

Edwards continues, “The dialogues by Monteverdi and his contemporaries are like mini operas. The love affairs of shepherds and nymphs are set up as an ideal for which we should all aspire – perfect chastity, perfect faithfulness. And the ‘backstory’ of the characters, with stock names like Sylvia, Amarillis etc. would all be known to the audience. There are probably real lovers and their stories hidden under the names as well, since people would adopt the pastoral names as pet names as of their love play.”

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