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.
Un Bel Matin d’Amor: Discovering the Music of Medieval Italy
Ensemble Lucidarium (plus kids!)
Sunday, November 17, 2013
Some music groups on the world-class touring circuit are just as masterful when it comes to engaging younger audiences, and the Italian group Lucidarium is one of them. For its second visit to Early Music Discovery, this vibrant and versatile ensemble shares songs and dances from 14th and 15th century Italy. Audience members discover the detective work behind modern reproductions of historical instruments – and then enjoy opportunities to sing along and even learn early Renaissance dance. A band of lucky local kid musicians even join the band onstage for a few dance tunes and a medieval-style jam session.
Online ticket sales have closed. Tickets will be available at the door, beginning at 12:30 p.m. Bring the whole family!
Early Music for All: An Intergenerational Sing-Along!
With Rebekah Gilmore, Jacob Breedlove, and Mary K. McNeill
Sunday, February 2, 2014
Before recording was invented, communities had to make their own music. What songs would you sing if you lived in the Middle Ages or the Renaissance? Come help bring history to life in this participatory program for all ages. Accompanied by period instruments, our three singing leaders guide the audience through a delightful and varied selection of early song, from ethereal rounds to comic ballads. All three musicians are beloved by local families for their school, choir, and workshop teaching and for their performances of early and traditional music. Both experienced singers and newcomers young and old can enjoy this welcoming hour of song.
Mini-Masterworks: Handel’s Alcina
Seattle Historical Arts for Kids
Sunday, April 6, 2014
Returning for their fourth Early Music Discovery performance, the kids of Seattle Historical Arts present a tale of sorcery, disguise, and escape. When the knight Ruggiero strays to Alcina’s enchanted island, he is in danger of falling prey to her spells – until his girlfriend Bradamante shows up with a magic ring. There’s even a hippogriff and a duel in Baroque style. This fully costumed dramatic adaptation of George Frederick Handel’s opera Alcina is accompanied by a sparkling handful of its most beautiful songs and dances. Director Shulamit Kleinerman convenes an orchestra of period musicians to bring out the Baroque splendor of Handel’s music.
“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