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Affetti Musicali: Virtuoso Italian Baroque Music
November 13, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm$15 – $20
The twenty-eighth season of Early Music Afternoons at the Somerville Museum will open on Sunday, November 13, 2016, when countertenor and cornetto virtuoso Michael Collver will join Duo Maresienne (Carol Lewis, viola da gamba; Olav Chris Henriksen, archlute and Baroque guitar) for a concert of 17th-century music from Italy. Entitled “Affetti Musicali”, the program includes music by Monteverdi, Frescobaldi, d’India, Castello and others. The concert will take place at 3:00 pm at the Somerville Museum, One Westwood Road (at Central St.), Somerville, MA. Admission is $20 general admission, $15 students, seniors and low income. Ample street parking is available. An informal reception at the Museum will follow the concert. For further information and reservations, call (617) 666-9810 or go to www.somervillemuseum.org.
Many affluent Italian Renaissance courts were eager to display their splendor through music, and by the end of the 16th century , court composers had entered an era of emotional and intellectual experimentation. This can be heard in the vocal and instrumental works of Monteverdi, Frescobaldi, d’India and Castello, notable for their chromatic expressivity and drama. At this time, a new generation of nobleman-composers, including Saracini, Kapsperger and Valdambrini, had come of age and were providing their own style of avant-garde compositions, each one more surprising than the one before. Toccatas, chanson diminutions and dance music by Bassani, Rogniono, and Garsi da Parma will round out this program of Italian early Baroque music.
Countertenor and cornettist Michael Collver is well known for his performances with Ensemble Sequentia of Cologne, the Empire Brass Quintet, the Boston Camerata and Boston Baroque; he is a founding member of Project Ars Nova (P.A.N.), an ensemble specializing in music of the late Middle Ages, and has concertized and recorded extensively in Europe and the United States. Duo Maresienne members Carol Lewis and Olav Chris Henriksen are also frequent collaborators with ensembles in the U.S. and abroad, including Capriccio Stravagante, the Boston Camerata and Capella Clausura.