Early Music Discovery

Early music means catchy tunes, fascinating instruments, and a colorful culture of dance, costume, and manners from times past. The Early Music Discovery series, curated by Shulamit Kleinerman, brings history to life for all ages. These performances, under an hour in length, are an affordable, appropriate, and enjoyable way for music lovers of all ages to explore music of all kinds. Programs are held Downstairs at Town Hall and begin at 1:00 PM.

Early Music Discovery, photos by Don Roberts

Seattle Historical Arts for Kids, photos by Don Roberts

The Starry Messenger: The Life and Times of Galileo

Sunday, April 3, 2016, 1:00 pm
Town Hall Downstairs
Seattle Historical Arts for Kids

With musicians including Shulamit Kleinerman, violin; John Lenti, lute; and Jacob Breedlove, viola da gamba, winds, and percussion

Galileo Galilei grew up in one of Florence’s leading families of musicians, and his daughters were skilled in everything from accounting to drama. You might know him better for his epoch-making contributions to physics and astronomy — and for the clash with the Inquisition that left him under house arrest in his final years. For their first Seattle theatrical performance since reprising Handel’s Alcina at the Boston Early Music Festival in 2015, the kids and teens of SHAK bring this colorful period of history to life with song, dance, and period costume. Director Shulamit Kleinerman’s instrumental band accompanies with music of the time, including pieces by composer Vincenzo Galilei, the astronomer’s father.

Seattle Historical Arts for Kids
Highlights from Handel’s Alcina presented by Early Music America’s Young Performers Festival


“Doing early music with and for kids, what strikes me again and again is how natural it is as a window into the past. Some of the musical repertoires of the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque eras – each with its own exotic milieu of costumes, manners, languages and legends – seem almost tailor-made to stimulate children’s imaginations. In our fast-paced world, I think kids need this sense of connection to the past more than ever.

“With Early Music Discovery, I want children to be empowered as carriers of tradition. You’ll find kids onstage alongside the pros in all our concerts, whether jamming with Ensemble Lucidarium, demonstrating medieval song in our first-ever early music singalong, or presenting a kid-sized portion of Handel opera in period costume. Kids and parents in the audience join the fun in each program. I’m excited to share all this great music with your family!”

-Shulamit Kleinerman, Early Music Discovery Curator

Seattle Historical Arts for Kids is partially funded by Seattle Office of Arts & Culture.

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