Concerts from the Library of Congress, 2013-2014

October 30 at 7 PM, Founder's Day

Piffaro: The Renaissance Band PIFFARO: The Renaissance Band
Joan Kimball and Bob Wiemken, artistic directors Blue Heron BLUE HERON, Scott Metcalfe, director The United States Navy Band

Coolidge Auditorium

NO TICKETS REQUIRED

PARTY LIKE IT’S 1587
A tribute to Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge’s commitment to fostering performance of Renaissance music in the United States, this evening’s triple bill samples some of the most popular trends and performance styles from the period. The party begins as combined brass choirs of the United States Navy Band exult antiphonal music by Italian composers Giovanni Gabrieli and Carlo Gesualdo. On their shawms, sackbuts, dulcians, bagpipes and drums, Piffaro, performing music by Dufay, Ockeghem and Clemens non Papa, gives a taste of the 16th-century equivalent of a modern-day rock band. Boston-based vocal ensemble Blue Heron performs choral gems by Dufay, Ockeghem and Sweelinck. The forces combine for a jubilant finale to the Library’s version of a Renaissance fair (turkey legs not included!).

UNITED STATES NAVY BAND BRASS CHOIRS

Arrangements of works by Gabrieli and Gesualdo

PIFFARO, The Renaissance Band

Works by Agricola, Clemens Non Papa, Compere, Isaac, Obrecht, Evernage, Susato, and Willaert

BLUE HERON

Works by Bourgeois, De Monte, Dufay, Goudimel, Le Juene, L'estocart, Ockeghem, Pevernage, Sweelinck, and Van Wilder

PIFFARO & BLUE HERON

Works by: Des Prez, Fevin, and Ockeghem