Friday March 28, 2014, 6 pm
Epiphany Lutheran Church, Denver
Dialogues by Stradella and Blow
After a year’s hiatus, Cadmus returns to HHCC to present a concert of operatic cantatas, drawn from the works of Italian baroque secular cantatas, and from the English stage entertainments collected by John Playford in his Theater of Music publications:
“A Choice Collection of the newest and best Songs
Sung at the Court and Public Theaters.
The Words composed by the most ingenious Wits of the Age, and set to
Music by the greatest Masters in that Science.”
These two works represent the love between shepherds and nymphs and explore mistrust and fidelity in musical exchanges between two characters. The action takes place between two or three singers with continuo, and is amplified by the addition of two violins and short instrumental interludes.
To punctuate the action, we will add a witty ditty from The Theater of Music, “Cupid, the slyest rogue alive,” a short self-contained song about Cupid and his mother Venus and the sting of love’s dart.
For this concert:
Artistic Director, Amanda Balestrieri
Guest Artistic Director, Andrus Madsen
Harpsichord generously supplied by William Adams
Andrus Madsen, harpsichord
Alexandra Eddy, violin
Elisa Wicks, violin
Ann Marie Morgan, viola da gamba
Amanda Balestrieri, soprano
Marjorie Bunday, alto
Kenneth Donahue, bass