Au pres de vous
Evocative music from the 16th century courts of the Valois kings, from our CD of the same name.
The haunting and lovely tunes of the early 17th century French court, as captured on our CD of the same name.
A festive selection of ancient carols for the Christmas season, from our CD of the same name.
Goe, nightly cares
Featuring multi-layered Jacobean era music and poetry, & lighter fare in the form of French dances & courtly airs.
In a Garden So Green
Tender ballads known to have caused grown men to cry and quirky Scots tunes demonstrated to have caused persons with two left feet to actually tap them in time to the music!
A sumptuous pastiche of 16th century Italian music, including familiar tunes later arranged by Ottorino Respighi in his popular "Ancient Airs & Dances".
The King's Music
Music centered around the court of Henry VIII, whose appetite for music matched that of his more famous tastes.
Mi Fa Morire (or, Fun with the hexachord)
English & Italian music for lute and voices by Elizabethan lute virtuoso and composer, John Dowland and his Italian contemporaries Luca Marenzio, Angelo Notari, and Claudio Monteverdi.
Music from the Court of Henri III
A sampling of French airs & French and Polish lute solos by Jacob Reys, lutenist to Henri III.
My Lord of Oxenford's Maske: Edward de Vere and his circle
Features English songs with poetry attributed to Oxford and lute solos with dedications bearing his name. From our CD of the same name.
Orpheus & Cupid
The less melancholy side of Elizabethan composer and lute virtuoso, John Dowland (Orpheus Anglicus), and his successor to the title, Henry Purcell (Orpheus Britannicus), blended with a beguiling selection of Scots tunes.
Psalms & Measured Verse
A special program of 16th century French music, featuring psalm & song settings of the poetry of Marot and Ronsard.
Rondeau: A Fresh Look at Music of the 15th Century
An enchanting immersion into the earliest examples of lute songs from 15th century France by composers Ockeghem, Busnois, Ghizeghem and Morton. Also featured will be Italian lute solos from the earliest surviving lute manuscripts and published sources, and the dynamic frottole of Tromboncino and Cara. From our CD La Rota Fortuna.
This Merry Pleasant Spring
A seasonal program celebrating springtime and the natural world.
Teares & Sighs: A Valentine to John Dowland
Dowland's finest masterpieces of melancholy from 'A Pilgrim's Solace', his last book of songs.
The Tudors: Music from the Tudor Courts
Developed from our popular lecture-recital and available as a single concert spanning the 118-year reign of the England's Tudor monachs, or as a four-part series exploring the rich musical legacy of this musically gifted clan.