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Obstinate Beauty: Summer Music in the Garden
July 9, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pmFree
“Happiness is the longing for repetition” (Milan Kundera)
The use of ‘ostinato’ in music – persistent repetition of a musical motif – pervades the entire canon of music, from its earliest incarnations, to western classical music, to jazz, to Neue Deutsche Härte… It is responsible for some of the most well-known riffs and musical figures, from the ‘Lament Bass’ found in works as varied as Purcell’s “Dido’s Lament” and The Beatles’ “All you need is love”, to the popular usage of chaconnes and passacaglias in the baroque period, to less obvious examples in contemporary and popular music.
Join Canadian countertenor Michael Taylor and a fantastic ensemble of musicians for a program of works centered around the use of ‘ostinato’ in music, featuring works by Vivaldi, Purcell, Merula, Strozzi, and maybe even Rammstein…
Internationally acclaimed countertenor Michael Taylor performs in concert and on opera stages around the world; highlights of the upcoming season include a revival of Porpora’s “L’Agrippina” in Birmingham, two new works for the Venice Biennale, and his debut with Opera Atelier in Monteverdi’s “Ulysses”.
Presented by “Summer Music in the Garden”
Esteban La Rotta, Lute
Vanessa Chartrand-Rodrigue, Viola da Gamba
Free Admission for all