Sound and the City:
Street Cries from Renaissance London
Saturday, November 17, 2018 • 3 PM
With guest singers Molly Quinn (soprano),
Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek (mezzo),
Ryland Angel (alto), Mischa Bouvier (bass), and Sonnambula's James Kennerley (tenor)
Hot codlings, hot! Ha' ye any old bellows or trays to mend? The chaos and cacophony of the busy city inspired some of the most innovative composers in Renaissance London. Hear Orlando Gibbons's famous Cries of London — from the night watchman announcing the 3 o'clock hour to the closing of the market at the end of the day — in the urban oasis of The Met Cloisters.
Spanish Christmas at The Met Cloisters
Sunday, December 23, 2018 • 1 PM and 3 PM
With guest, lutenist Esteban La Rotta
Celebrate Christmas with a program of intimate Canciones (popular tunes with poetic texts), joyful Villancicos (songs with rustic themes), and virtuosic instrumental pieces, drawn in large part from the Cancionero Musical de Palacio, a manuscript found at the Royal Palace of Madrid which exemplifies the Golden Age of Spanish Renaissance music.
Leonora Duarte: Converso in Antwerp
Saturday, February 2, 2019 • 7 PM
With guest, photographer and writer Teju Cole
Sonnambula teams up with acclaimed author and photographer Teju Cole in a dynamic performance of music, spoken word, and photo installation that celebrates the work of Leonora Duarte, the only known woman composer of viol music in the 17th century.
Michael Praetorius: Dances from Terpsichore
Saturday, June 1, 2019 • 3 PM
With guests, Piffaro: The Renaissance Band
Rarely heard live, Praetorius's dances from Terpsichore, named for the Greek muse of the dance, display uncommon composition. This landmark program brings together the nation's leading interpreters of Renaissance repertoire for an evening of unforgettable phantasmagoric splendor.