For its final video concert of the season, the Texas Early Music Project
presents stories from an extremely timely source: The Decameron
by Giovanni Boccaccio
, a book of tales told by a group of young adults escaping the Black Death during the 1348 epidemic by sheltering in a villa just outside Florence. KMFA’s Sara Schneider
provides a bit of historical background to The Decameron
and the music of the period, then the action begins and we catch up with the intrepid group of plague-fleeing characters, accompanied with music composed by Gherardello da Firenze
, Lorenzo da Firenze
, Francesco Landini
, and more.Still not convinced that this is a sonic wonderment perfectly suited to herald our exit from history's latest
pandemic? Still thinking that this concert is something other than early-music glory so divinely embodied that it'll thrill anything you have that even resembles a soul? Doubt no more.Point one: The librettist is Wellesley College's Dr. Larry Rosenwald
. Point two: These tales are narrated by Austin's own Marc Pouhé
. Final point to, as they say, seal
: This preview trailer
.Conclusion: Danny Johnson
, you're a mensch.
May 8-13. $5-50.