Thursday, June 9, 2011

a quandary

Okay this

 University of Georgia Collegium Musicum (Mitos Andaya, director). Of Convents and Courts. In a tribute to Renaissance and Baroque women composers and performers, the University of Georgia Collegium Musicum will venture musically from convent to court by performing madrigals and motets from Maddalena Casulana, Sulpitia Cesis, Chiara Margarita Cozzolani, Barbara Strozzi, and more. Join the celebration of these rare works by some of the earliest published women composers. Performed as part of the Early Music America Young Performers Festival. First Church in Boston. $10 suggested donation. 206-720-6270 or

or this?:

The Newberry Consort (Ellen Hargis, soprano; David Douglass, violin; Russell Wagner, Ken Perlow, Phillip Serna & Craig Trompeter, viola da gamba). Elizabeth I (1912): An Early Movie with Early Music. One of Sarah Bernhardt’s most successful theatrical productions, Les amours de la reine Élizabeth (The loves of Queen Elizabeth), was made into a full-length feature film. Fledgling movie mogul Anton Zukor understood the film’s potential and brought it to the U.S., and as a result, garnered enough profits to start what is now Paramount Pictures. Newberry Consort director David Douglass has turned this early 20th-century phenomenon into a one-of-a-kind work of performance art by creating a soundtrack of Elizabethan music performed live to this silent film. A five-part consort of violin and viols, along with soprano Ellen Hargis, perform dramatic music written about the historical events surrounding Elizabeth and her court—including the English victory over the Spanish Armada; Elizabeth’s tragic relationship with Robert Devereaux, the Earl of Essex; and Elizabeth’s eventual demise—as accompaniment to the film. Modern Theatre at Suffolk University. $20/$5 BEMF, Suffolk University students. 617-557-6537 or

Update: Newberry wins!  And although I would like to say this is entirely due to the general awesomeness of Ellen Hargis (which it would be, in a fair contest), it has mostly to do with the boss.

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