San Francisco Early Music Society presents:

Cançonièr
Choreomania – Music for the Dancing Plagues of Medieval and Renaissance Europe

Friday, March 8, First Lutheran Church, 600 Homer Street at Webster, Palo Alto, 8:00 PM
Saturday, March 9, St. John's Presbyterian Church, 2727 College at Garber, Berkeley, 7:30 PM
Sunday, March 10, St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 1111 O'Farrell Street, San Francisco, 7:30 PM

Cançonièr presents music for a fascinating and little-understood phenomenon: during the Middle Ages and Renaissance, certain areas (especially in Germany) experienced brief outbreaks of manic, “contagious” dancing that often afflicted dozens, or even hundreds. Ordinary people would succumb to a compulsion to dance furiously for days or weeks on end, some to their deaths. Some feared that they had been cursed by saints, and perhaps gave in to mass hysteria. Music was offered for the dancers in the hope that it would appease divine wrath. Instrumental and vocal dance music, flagellant songs, penitential prayers, tarantellas, and more!

www.sfems.org


San Diego Early Music Society presents:

Cançonièr
Choreomania – Music for the Dancing Plagues of Medieval and Renaissance Europe

Wednesday, March 20, 2013, 7:00 PM
St. James by-the-Sea Episcopal Church
743 Prospect Street
La Jolla, California 92037

sdems.org


Houston Early Music presents:

Cançonièr
The Black Dragon – Music from the Time of Vlad Dracula

Friday, April 26, 2013, 7:30 PM
Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church
6221 Main Street
Houston, Texas 77030

Cançonièr presents its highly acclaimed program of 15th-century music from the time of the infamous Vlad the Impaler, whose tyrannical rule of Wallachia (Southern Romania) shocked Europe. Featuring Michel Beheim’s German poem about Vlad’s deeds, Italian dances and German songs, music of the Byzantine court, Balkan folk songs, Turkish classical music, the Lamentation for the Fall of Constantinople by Guillaume Dufay, and other works.

www.houstonearlymusic.org


St. Cecilia Music Series presents:

Cançonièr
The Black Dragon – Music from the Time of Vlad Dracula

Saturday, April, 27, 2013, 7:30 PM
First Presbyterian Church
8001 Mesa Drive
Austin, Texas 78731-1318

www.fpcaustin.org


MusicSources presents:

Cançonièr
The Fawn-Colored Beast – Music and Satire from the Roman de Fauvel

Saturday, May 18, 2013, 7:30 PM
St. Alban’s Church
1501 Washington Ave.
Albany, CA, 94706

Acclaimed Bay Area medieval favorites Cançonièr return to MusicSources with a new program, featuring music from this very important early fourteenth-century French manuscript. The Roman holds up both church and court to ridicule and was controversial at the time. Fauvel, a donkey who embodies all of the vices, is brought from his stable into the court and made king. The foolish and corrupt nobles and clergy revere him and havoc breaks loose! The story unfolds in witty prose and magnificent music, with pieces spanning more than a century of medieval French creativity (1200 – 1325). Don’t miss the group’s only MusicSources concert this season!

(510) 528-1685
info@musicsources.org
http://www.musicsources.org


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