WEEK ONE

Connecticut Early Music Ensemble

featuring The Sebastians

Henry Purcell’s Tragic Opera

DIDO AND AENEAS

Two Performances:

Saturday, June 7 – 7:30 P.M.

Sunday, June 8 – 5 P.M.

Evans Hall, Connecticut College, New London

Pre-concert talk one hour before each performance

Purcell’s masterpiece is a cornerstone of the operatic repertoire, portraying one of the most vivid love stories in Virgil’s Aeneid. Yet it lacks its original prologue and is often performed in a style that reflects operatic tradition rather than Baroque performance practices. Following their critically-acclaimed performance of Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail in 2012, CEMF Artistic Director Eric Rice and Stage Director Jason McStoots have assembled a remarkable cast of early-music luminaries to perform the opera with McStoots’s new prologue, which includes beloved favorites from Purcell’s The Fairy Queen.


Jesse Blumberg

as Aeneas

Krista River

as Dido

Jolle Greenleaf

as Belinda

Teresa Wakim

as Second Woman

Glorivy Arroyo

as the Sorceress

WEEK TWO

Pallade Musica

Tanya LaPerrière, Baroque violin

Elinor Frey, Baroque cello

Esteban La Rotta, theorbo

Mylène Bélanger, harpsichord

DISPUTATIO — MUSIC OF THE

CRUCIFIXION AND THE RESURRECTION

Two Performances:

Friday, June 13 – 7:30 P.M. • Pequot Library, Southport

Saturday, June 14 – 7:30 P.M. • Christ the King Church, Old Lyme

Disputatio, a medieval system of education, asks that traditional texts serve as the authority for exploring sides of an argument. Montreal’s Pallade Musica, winner of the 2012 Early Music America Competition, explores mysteries represented by the Crucifixion and the Resurrection through the “Rosary” Sonatas of H. I. F. Biber and works by Buxtehude, J. S. Bach, Telemann, Schieferlein, and Erlebach.

Rose of the Compass

Nina Stern, recorders and chalumeaux

Tamer Pinarbasi, kanun

Glen Velez, percussion

with Loire, voice

THE FOUR QUARTERS OF JERUSALEM

Sunday, June 15 – 5:00 P.M. • La Grua Center, Stonington

By the Middle Ages, the ancient city of Jerusalem was home to several cultural and religious identities: Jews, Armenians (who adopted Christianity earler than the Romans), Christians, and Muslims. Rose of the Compass, an ensemble with “impeccable early- and world-music credentials” (The New York Times) presents vocal and instrumental music from all four traditions in this lively program.

WEEK THREE

Istanpitta

Rex Benincasa, percussion

Albert Cofrin, oud and director

Priscilla Herreid, recorders

Emily Lau, voice

Niccolo Seligman, viol

MEDIEVAL SONGS OF PILGRIMAGE

Friday, June 20 – 7:30 P.M.

St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, New London

Pilgrimage was one of the most important manifestations of religion in the Middle Ages, involving the veneration of many saints such as the Virgin Mary and Saint James, who was said to be interred at Compostela, Spain. Istanpitta returns to CEMF to present lively dance tunes and pilgrimage songs from the thirteenth-century Spanish collection of the Cantigas de Santa Maria and the fourteenth-century Llibre Vermell de Montserrat.

TENET/Green Mountain Project

Jolle Greenleaf, artistic director

Scott Metcalfe, music director


Claudio Monteverdi’s

1610 VESPRO DELLA BEATA VERGINE

Saturday, June 21 – 7:30 P.M.

Harkness Chapel, Connecticut College, New London

Named after the English translation of Monteverdi, Green Mountain Project brings performers from all over the U.S. for this annual offering that celebrates the tradition of Vespers. This year marks the fifth anniversary in what the Boston Globe has called a “broadly conceived interpretation, equal parts reverence and rapture.”

Connecticut Early Music Ensemble

Eric Rice, artistic director

A PANTHEON OF SYMPHONIES

Haydn’s “Mercury” and Mozart’s “Jupiter”


Sunday, June 22 – 5:00 P.M.

Evans Hall, Connecticut College, New London


Pre-Concert talk by Dr. Eric Rice – 4:00 P.M.

Photo: Connecticut Early Music Ensemble after performing a concert of Baroque sacred music in Evans Hall, Connecticut College, in 2011.

Audio: Connecticut Early Music Ensemble performing Mozart’s overture to Die Entführung aus dem Serail in 2012.