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.
Sunday, March 1, 2015, 1:00 pm
Mini-Masterworks: Tales from the Middle Ages
Seattle Historical Arts for Kids
With instrumental accompaniment by Shulamit Kleinerman (vielle), Jacob Breedlove (hurdy-gurdy), Miyo Aoki (recorder), and Jane Hall (percussion) — and with a special appearance by the student musicians of SHAK’s Early Music Youth Academy.
Returning for their fifth Early Music Discovery performance, the kids of Seattle Historical Arts present tales of magic and miracles, brought to life with medieval songs, dances, instruments, and costumes. The first half of our program dramatizes a story told by the 12th-century poet Marie de France, in which the knight Bisclavret, turned into a wolf, is desperate to escape the forest and return to human form. For our second act, we return to some longtime SHAK favorites. A selection of tales from the 13th-century Cantigas de Santa Maria presents tales of a lost sheep, a vanquished dragon, and even a dancing pork chop. You never knew the Middle Ages could be such fun!
“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