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Early Music Now 24th Season Announcement
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – 2010-2011 Season Announcement
 
Contact:  Charles Q. Sullivan (414.225.3113 or info@earlymusicnow.org)
 
Across Borders – Across Time
 
Before there were borders, there was music.  Even before Time, there was music.  
 
EARLY MUSIC NOW ANNOUNCES ITS 24th SEASON
 
With the announcement of its 24th season, Early Music Now(www.earlymusicnow.org) continues to  intensify its focus on a broad range of cultures and centuries, broadening the definition of “early music” to include an expanded time-frame, as well as breaking down traditional geographic borders to include non-Western music.  
 
The upcoming 2010-2011 season continues this adventurous approach, opening with a program With an important message for our times, coming across the ages from almost 850 years ago. “Il Poverello – Exploring the Life and Deeds of St. Francis of Assisi,” is a joyful program about the “hippie” saint, the patron of animals and ecology. Performed by one of Milwaukee’s favorite early music ensembles, The Rose Ensemble, the program includes motets, hymns, dances, Italian spiritual songs, and light-hearted readings by and about Francis himself, with a full 13-member ensemble including voices, harp, riqq, dumbek, hurdy gurdy, psaltery, and recorder. Presented in the perfect location: St. Joseph Chapel – the Provincial and International Headquarters of the School Sisters of St. Francis, on Saturday, October 2nd at 5:00 – just two days before the official Feast of St. Francis.(www.RoseEnsemble.org)
 
Jumping forward almost four centuries, another favorite ensemble, Fretwork, brings their consort of six viols to an adventurous tracing of Sir Francis Drake’s 1577 circumnavigation of the globe. “The World Encompassed” explores an unimaginable clash of cultures, when the viol players that Drake took with him on this journey, and who had spent their entire lives playing one style of music, were confronted with an entire smorgasbord  of music from all over the world. This concert, at the UWM Helene Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, November 6th at 7:30, seeks to recreate the sense of musical wonder that such encounters must have made. This original ‘journey in sound’ charts the ‘round-the-world travels of a viol quartet aboard Francis Drake’s Golden Hinde, from 1577 to 1580, with 16th century tunes woven through new music by Orlando Gough that recall Drake’s exotic ports of call from Morocco and Java to Cape Verde and Sierra Leone.(www.fretwork.co.uk)
 
The spectacular Basilica of Saint Josaphat will be the venue for the six glorious male voices of Lionheart as they present “Tydings Trew – Feasts of Christmas in Medieval England.” This concert on Saturday, December 11th at 7:30 creats the experience Christmas celebrations in the styles of cloister, palace, and street in 15th and 16th century England, with carols, chants and motets.(www.chantboy.com)
 
Honoring its commitment to presenting new ensembles, as well as the most well-established early music artists, Early Music Now will present the ensemble Plaine & Easie in “Continental Connections,” a program exploring the role of Renaissance England as a vibrant musical mélange – the result of its free exchange of art and culture with the Continent. A recent winner of Early Music America’s Medieval/Renaissance Competition, this Seattle-based ensemble will perform a multilingual array of madrigals,  instrumentals, pop tunes, lute songs and dances that run from serious to bawdy  to cerebral, in English, Italian, Dutch, Spanish in a program for (and about) everyone! At All Saints’ Cathedral on Saturday, February 12 (2011) at 5:00.(www.plaineandeasie.com)
 
March is the month of Early Music Now’s Annual Silent Auction and Chocolate Reception, always connected with a special and unique concert presentation. Sinfonia New York more than fills that bill, with its program exploring “The Art and Ecstasy of the Chaconne.” A lascivious reputation guaranteed its popularity!  The Chaconne, the dance originating in Renaissance Latin America, scandalized the European church, and its lascivious reputation guaranteed its popularity! Subtitled: “From the streets of Spain to the mind of Bach,” principal soloists of Sinfonia New York present a range of interpretations with Baroque dancers, lute and soprano, all directed by John Scott. Saturday, March 19 (2011) at 5:00 at the UWM Helene Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts – preceded by the auction at 3:00.(www.gemsny.org/sinfonianewyork)
 
An old favorite, the Flanders Recorder Quartet, will return after a hiatus of several years, in their program exploring the lives of “The Six Wives of Henry VIII,” Saturday, April 30 (2011) at 5:00 at Wisconsin Lutheran College. The quartet adds soprano and narrator for this entertainment telling the story of Henry and his wives in music from the 16th and 17th centures, along with contemporary music, improvisation, a scene from Shakespear, letters from King Henry and Anne Boleyn, and original verse. A fascinating way to end Early Music Now’s 24th season.(www.flanders-recorder-quartet.be)
 
Early Music now offers discounts for design-your-own series of 3, 4, or 5 concerts, as well as a special offer to full 6-concert subscribers of an additional free guest ticket for each series purchased by June 1st.   The addition of a premium ticket category is balanced by a reduction in most ticket prices, and by elimination of all service charges for most purchases.  Student prices are half-off or less in all categories. Single ticket prices range from $25 to $40 for adults and seniors, and from $10 to $20 for students 6 and older.  Group discounts and gift certificates are also available.
 
For further information check the website at www.earlymusicnow.org, or contact Early Music Now by phone at 414.225.3113, email at info@earlymusicnow.org, or by mail at 759 N. Milwaukee Street, Suite 420, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202-3750.
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