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.
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