Mid-Winter Festival Schedule
Friday, Jan. 25, 8pm
Baroque Encounters: Sublime Myth and Merriment: Things start off Baroque with an original opera cobbled together by Daniel Johnson. "It's pastiches from a variety of operas by Rameau, Lully, Handel, and others. No recititives -- I picked out the very best arias and the very best choruses. "
Saturday, Jan. 26, 8pm
Laurie Young Stevens, violin, and Andrus Madsen, harpsichord: "Laurie Stevens' concert is always a knockout," says Johnson of this lively and virtuosic Baroque chamber music concert.
Sunday, Jan. 27, 7:30pm
Baroque Encounters: Sublime Myth and Merriment: A repeat performance of the festival's opener.
Saturday, Feb. 2, 8pm
Monteverdi and His Milieu: Early Baroque Music From Italy: Monteverdi is the stylistic bridge from the Renaissance to the Baroque. Thrilling and emotional music from 17th-century Italy is aired by various festival singers, including Daniel Johnson, Stephanie Prewitt, David Stevens, and more.
Sunday, Feb. 3, 7:30pm
Hits of the Twenties & Thirties: John Aielli, host of KUT's Eklektikos, sings popular music from 1220s & 1230s through the 1920s & 1930s. What made a pop tune in 1220 or 1520? Baritone Aielli and an array of accompanists help sort out the top of the pops through the ages.
Saturday, Feb. 9, 8pm
Una Panthera: Music From the Trecento and Early Renaissance Italy: Exotic and enchanting music from the early Renaissance, with selections from the Ars Nova style and other Early Renaissance music by Ciconia and Landini. Hear guest artist Tom Zajacon, the Medieval bagpipe, hurdy-gurdy, and recorder; Therese Honey excels on the harp.
Sunday, Feb. 10, 7:30pm
Stir the Strings: Therese Honey takes up where she left off and tours time zones and periods with jigs and reels on the Celtic harp, Estampies on the medieval harp, and Pavanes and Galliards on the Renaissance harp. Then, local guest artists, Passing Measures, perform Renaissance and early Baroque music for "broken" consorts.
Saturday, Feb. 16, 8pm
La Rosa, Sephardic Love Songs: The T.E.M.P. Medieval ensemble plays music of Spain and the Middle East; Daniel Johnson and Stephanie Prewitt, vocals, Kit Robberson, vielle, Therese Honey, harp.
Sunday, Feb. 17, 7:30pm
The Lily and the Rose, Baroque Music From England and France: Local Baroque ensemble Passing Fancies provide the music for this English Channel (or La Manche for you Francophiles) back and forth, with sopranos Jenifer Thyssen and Amy Spencer.
Saturday, Feb. 23, 8pm
Una Dulcisima Armonia, Spanish and Italian Music With Harps and Harpsichords: La Follia Austin Baroque presents "music from sunnier climes" in this strung-out event that includes music from Guatemala. As La Follia founder Dell Hollingsworth exclaims, "Baroque harps combined with harpsichord and/or organ for the accompaniments, which are yummy sounds."
Sunday, March 3, 7:30pm
It's About Time 2002, Within: "This is something that I created a few years ago thinking about time and the linearity and the non-linear-ness of time," says Johnson, "all those convolutions of time that intermixed freely. I've drawn my idea from that. It's not specifically theatre, and it's not specifically a concert, it's not specifically an opera, it's not specifically early music, classical music, folk music, pop music, or big band, or music that has to be composed next month. It's all those things put together."