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Roger the Jester presents: SOLFESTNUHKWANZMAS

Saturday December 15 | 11:00 a.m. & 3:00 p.m.| TICKETS $5 FOR ALL AGES

Berkshire County’s own madcap master of mirth presents a very special holiday potpourri of magic, manipulation and musical mayhem

Roger the Jester has spread laughter and smiles since 1973 throughout 25 countries. His eclectic improvisational blend of honed skills of juggler, magician musician and silent performer is guaranteed to please all ages. From the streets of Europe to circus to the Broadway stage with Mummenschanz to festivals and functions of all sorts, he truly is a master of mirth.

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Come early or stay late to shop and enjoy the Great Barrington Holiday Arts Market, Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 15-16 at Saint James Place!
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Berkshire Lyric: The First Noel

Sunday December 16 | 3:00 p.m. | PURCHASE TICKETS: HERE

The Berkshire Lyric Chorus
Melodious Accord
The Blafield Children’s Chorus
Andrea Bargabos, soprano
John Demler, baritone
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Crescendo: Sublime Love
The Life of the Mexican Nun, Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz in 17th Century Latin American Music, Poetry and Images

Friday December 28 | 6:00 p.m. | PURCHASE TICKETS: HERE

Called ‘The Tenth Muse’ and ‘Mexican Phoenix,’ the nun Sor Juana Inés De la Cruz is considered one of the finest poets of the Spanish New World Golden Age. She was also a philosopher, scholar and composer. Her life will be depicted through music, artwork and poetry readings.
Crescendo collaborates with “El Fuego,” an early music ensemble from North Carolina, in a program designed by their Artistic Director, Salomé Sandoval. The program features a selection of sacred and secular cantatas from the 1600s New World Colonies, featuring vocal compositions by Tomás de Torrejón y Velasco and his contemporaries.

 

Performers are the Crescendo Vocal Ensemble, Salomé Sandoval (voice, baroque guitar and archlute), Malina Rauschenfels (voice and violoncello), and Christine Gevert (organ and direction).
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Crescendo: Concerto delle Donne – Consort of Ladies
Revolutionary Italian Vocal Music of the Late Renaissance

Saturday February 16 (Snow Date February 22)| 6:00 p.m. | PURCHASE TICKETS: HERE

In 1580 in Ferrara, Italy, an ensemble of professional female singers–probably the first one of their gender–became renowned for their technical and artistic virtuosity. This ensemble, the ‘Concerto delle Donne’, performed formal concerts for members of the inner circle of the Ferrara court and important visitors, and revolutionized the role of women in professional music.

 

 

Sopranos Catherine Hancock, Rebecca Palmer and Jennifer Tyo, accompanied and directed by Christine Gevert on the organ and harpsichord, will perform works by the Ferrara court composer, Luzzascho Luzzaschi, as well as early Italian Baroque arias and duets by Monteverdi, Barbara Strozzi and others.

 

 

Please note that this concert takes place in Great Hall, not the Sanctuary.
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Crescendo: The Mystical 16
The 1616 Settings of Psalm 116, and Contemporary Versions

Saturday April 6 | 6:00 p.m. | PURCHASE TICKETS: HERE

In the year 1616 Burckhard Grossmann, a merchant from Jena, Germany, after surviving a near death experience, in gratitude commissioned 16 composers from central Germany to write settings of Psalm 116. Among them were master composers of church music such as Heinrich Schütz, Christoph Demantius and Johann Hermann Schein. Our program will feature motets from this collection by these three composers, as well as Gregorian Chant, and works by Benedictus Ducis and Orlando di Lasso and J.S. Bach. Modern settings of the psalm by composers Jonny Priano and others will use contemporary poetry written for Crescendo by Bruce McEver, Frances Roth and Juliet Mattila. Three works have been commissioned for Crescendo, and will be premiered at this performance.

 

Performers are Crescendo Chorus, Vocal Ensemble and Soloists, with Period Instruments, directed by Christine Gevert.
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Crescendo: Prince of Light and Prince of Darkness
Motets and Madrigals by Monteverdi & Gesualdo

Saturday May 18 | 6:00 p.m. | PURCHASE TICKETS: HERE

Claudio Monteverdi lived in a time of great change, as the vocal polyphony of the Renaissance gave way to the textures of the early Baroque. He harnessed both styles with great skill, sometimes contrasting them in the same work, and wrote successfully in every vocal genre. His contemporary Carlo Gesualdo’s vocal music is among the most experimental and expressive of the late Renaissance. One of the most obvious characteristics of his music is the extravagant text setting of words representing extremes of emotion. This program features sacred and secular motets and madrigals by the two composers.

 

Crescendo Vocal Ensemble is directed by Christine Gevert from the organ.
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