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.

Handel’s Serse

Saturday, March 25, 2017 | 3:00pm and 7:00pm
Good Shepherd Center, Wallingford
4649 Sunnyside Ave. N, Seattle WA
Presented with Seattle Historical Arts for Kids

Handel’s Serse is a tale of cleverness and bravery, as imagined in the ancient imperial court of King Xerxes. Schemes are hatched, letters go astray, servants and nobles collude in deception, and a mysterious visitor in disguise takes treacherous action — all for the sake of justice and honor.

Like our beloved Alcina (Seattle 2014 and Boston 2015), this year’s opera adaptation is an hour-long spoken play interspersed with the best musical numbers from the original work, all acted and sung by our student cast aged 6 to teen.

Seattle Historical Arts for Kids’ students bring to life the glories of the Baroque age, with costume, dance, and fencing from the time, accompanied by an all-star period-instrument chamber orchestra. Stage direction by Carmen Mettler, vocal coaching by Nancy Zylstra and Rebekah Gilmore, choreography & dance instruction by Jamia Hansen-Murray, duels and fencing instruction by Cecil Longino. Concept, script, and music direction by Shulamit Kleinerman, with Tekla Cunningham, violin; Joanna Blendulf, viola da gamba; and John Lenti, violin.

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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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