Hesperus

Zorro personnel group photo RESIZED FOR WEB Mar 2013“Delightful!” Ann Midgette, Washington Post

Hesperus makes connections between the rich musical past and curious 21st century audiences through its collaborations with film, dance, mime, theater and world music. The group presents:

* Early music soundtracks for silent films (ciné concerts)
* Musical portraits of a single culture
* Medieval/Appalachian fusion
* Single-genre early music programs

In repertoire for 2015-17

SILENT FILMS with LIVE EARLY MUSIC SCORES

ROMANZA~SONGS OF LOVES LOST AND FOUND

Incandescent soprano Nell Snaidas, lutenist Grant Herreid and viol player Tina Chancey present a passionate program of 16th-17th century poetry set to music by masters of the age:

  • Monody by Monteverdi & Merula
  • Lute songs by Dowland & Campion
  • Airs de cour by Lambert and Bacilly
  • Romances by Milan & Guerrero

THE WILD KINGDOM: A RENAISSANCE BOOK OF BEASTS with mime MARK JASTER

An exuberant exploration of the animal kingdom from Ape and Lion to Mermaid and Unicorn in music, mime & verse. Mark Jaster, protégé of Marcel Marceau, impersonates a dozen real and fabulous beasts to the accompaniment of an early music trio, as actor/narrator Oran Sandel celebrates the animals in quirky and philosophical 16th century fables. Suitable for the whole family with slapstick comedy for the children, intriguing stories  for the adults and joyful music for all.

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