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Collegium Musicum

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  • Location:
    Eastman School, Kilbourn Hall
  • Date:
    Tuesday, May 1, 2018
  • Time:
    8:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Event Description

Portrait of Henry Purcell by John Closterman


For their 2nd concert this year, Collegium Musicum will continue to put up concert versions of Purcell's "semi-operas." For this concert, they will be performing King Arthur, Purcell's most frequently performed stage work in his lifetime. Though there is spoken dialogue in King Arthur, it will be cut from this performance.

Perhaps in exact contrast to how many musicals or operas are done today, the main characters in King Arthur cheifly do not sing at all; they only use spoken word while the subsidiary characters such as shepards, wizards, or drunk characters get all the good tunes. The Collegium Musicum is directed by Paul O'Dette and Christel Thielmann, assisted by Lydia Becker and Kevin Bryant.

The Collegium Musicum performs music from the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries, with repertoire ranging from solo cantatas to madrigals, oratorios, operas, concertos, and other orchestral works. Recent concerts have included performances of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos, Handel’s Concerti Grossi op. 3, Purcell’s King Arthur and The Fairy Queen, Lully’s Psyché and Thésée, Luigi Rossi’s Orfeo, Cavalli’s Ercole amante and La virtù de’ strali d’Amore, Monteverdi’s Madrigali guerrieri, et amorosi and L'incoronzione di Poppea, and Francesca Caccini's La liberazione di Ruggiero dall'isola dall'Alcina.

This concert is free and open to the public.

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