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February 16, 2019, February 17, 2019

Concerto delle Donne - The Consort of Ladies:
Revolutionary Italian Vocal Music of the Late Renaissance

Concerto delle Donne—The Consort of Ladies
Revolutionary Italian Vocal Music of the Late Renaissance

For its winter concert, Crescendo presents a solo vocal concert celebrating a unique 16th century ensemble of professional female singers. Performances will take place Saturday, Feb. 16, at 6 p.m. at Saint James Place in Great Barrington, MA, and Sunday, Feb. 17, at 4 p.m. at Trinity Church, Lakeville, CT.

In 1580, in Ferrara, Italy, the Concerto delle Donne—a group of professional female singers—performed formal concerts for members of the inner circle of the Ferrara court as well as important visitors. The singers were renowned for their technical and artistic virtuosity. Most likely the first of their gender as women performing together, they revolutionized the role of women in professional music. The ensemble’s founding has been called the most important event in secular Italian music in the late 16th century. As word spread of their work, other similar groups were founded in the powerful courts of the Medici and Orsini. Music was written expressly for them.

Honoring the innovative artistry of the 16th century Concerto delle Donne will be sopranos Catherine Hancock, Rebecca Palmer and Jennifer Tyo. They will perform works by the Ferrara Court composer, Luzzascho Luzzaschi, as well as early Italian Baroque arias and duets by Monteverdi, Barbara Strozzi and others. Accompanying the singers will be Artistic Director Christine Gevert (organ and harpsichord), and Hideki Yamaya (theorbo). Christine Gevert conducts.
Tickets for this concert are $35 general seating, $60 premium and $10 students. Snow dates are Feb. 22 (Great Barrington) and Feb. 24 (Lakeville). For more information and tickets, go to www.worldclassmusic.org.

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