BOSTON SHAWM & SACKBUT ENSEMBLE BRINGS SPANISH RENAISSANCE BACK TO MUSIC, GETTYSBURG! FEATURING
The Boston Shawm & Sackbut Ensemble will bring the sounds of the Spanish Renaissance in their next performance for Music Gettysburg! on Sunday May 20th at 4:00 p.m. at the chapel of the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg.
The Renaissance band made up of early woodwinds and brass instruments, will join the Schola Cantorum of Gettysburg for a festive choral and early instrumental concert. The concert will follow the order of a typical 17th century mass, featuring music of Sebastian de Vivanco, Cristóbal de Morales, Thomás Luis de Victoria and Francisco Guerrero.
The shawm and sackbut musicians were often employed by cities and towns in the Middle ages and renaissance to enliven public events, making festive occasions all the more distinctive.
Music, Gettysburg! happily welcomes the return of this unparalleled ensemble created in 1981 that has won consistent praise for its "wizardry and versatility" (Boston Globe) and "lyrical and unpretentious music making" (Boston Herald) ever since. Throughout the Western world, all during the Middle Ages and Renaissance, musicians were employed by cities, towns, courts and cathedrals to enliven public events, to play for processions and dancing, to increase devotion. The members of the Boston Shawm & Sackbut Ensemble, Marilyn Boenau, Dan Stillman, Douglas Kirk, Mack Ramsey and Catherine Stein and Erik Schmalz, bring that festive and important tradition to life again everywhere they play.
When in the early 1990’s Stephen Folkemer went in search for a Renaissance band to accompany the Schola Cantorum, he was referred to the best band of Shawm and Sackbut players in the hemisphere. When he finally was able to make contact with Marilyn Boenau of the Boston Shawm and Sackbut Ensemble, he learned that Boenau is a Gettysburg native, and the band’s delight in playing in Gettysburg has extended the musical interplay with the Schola Cantorum over nearly two decades.
In addition to the ensemble of early instrumentation, the concert will feature the splendid 25 voice Schola Cantorum of Gettysburg, performing the choral The Schola Cantorum sings under the direction of its founder, Dr. Stephen Folkemer, featuring voices from Central Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia. The concert will include solos by Margaret Folkemer, Ian Carmac, John Rinehart, John Widmann .
This rare opportunity to hear the ensemble will give the audience a glimpse of the shawms, instruments that predated the oboe, the sackbut, evolving into the slide trumpet and trombone and the dulzians, an ancestor to the bassoon. The versatile ensemble also utilizes a set of prized Renaissance recorders to round out its unique blends and lively sound.
Enjoy this choral musical treat at the Sunday afternoon concert, which is free and open to the public. The Seminary Chapel is on Seminary Ridge in Gettysburg. For more information about this and other concerts in the Music, Gettysburg! schedule, please call 717-338-3000 ext 2197 or visit the Music, Gettysburg! web site: www.musicgettysburg.org or writing firstname.lastname@example.org .