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Early Music at Saint James
May 5 @ 4:00 PM
Parthenia to bring the 2018-19 season of Early Music at Saint James to a lively close
Parthenia, a Consort of Viols with guest soloists Sherezade Panthaki, soprano, and Robert Mealy, baroque violin
Don’t miss the thrilling season finale, Season of Beauty & Love, May 5th at 4 PM! Early Music at Saint James brings you the internationally acclaimed viol quartet PARTHENIA, soprano Sherezade Panthaki and baroque violinist Robert Mealy who join forces to perform French Renaissance songs and dances marked by grace, balance and a wonderful sense of lightness.
The word viol [VYE-ohl] is short for viola da gamba, Italian for “viol for the leg,” because all sizes of viol are held between the legs and played upright with a bow. Viols (also called “gambas,” as though there weren’t enough names for them) come in as many as seven sizes, ranging from a tiny treble to a large contrabass. This family of stringed instruments was celebrated in every nationality of European music from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment. Today, soloists as well as viol groups—known as consorts—have rediscovered the lost repertoire and ethereal beauty of this early instrument.
A joint descendant of the medieval fiddle and the 15th-century Spanish guitar, the viol’s sound is characterized by a distinctive lightness and resonance that has inspired a wave of new works by 21st-century composers and a growing enthusiasm on the part of international audiences.
New this concert—tickets now available online and at the door.
Students & Children: $5
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