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Peabody Renaissance Ensemble
May 7, 2022 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Peabody Renaissance Ensemble, directed by Mark Cudek, presents “In Angel’s Weed; Music for Mary Queen of Scots.” This program features music from France, where the young Queen grew up, and includes music by French composers in her honor. It also of course features native Scottish music including Scottish settings of French dances and chansons that she would have been familiar with. We are also adding a short Italian set which relates to her musician-secretary David Riccio who was rumored to be a spy for the Pope and brutally murdered in her presence. This set features lute fantasias of Francesco da Milano who was the personal lutenist to three successive popes and a musician Riccio would have known of and perhaps even met. We are including a madrigal by another important woman, Maddalena Casulana, the first woman to have her music published and a near exact contemporary of Mary Stuart.
The young queen was a favorite at the French court. She was an excellent musician, dancer, and poet. In 1558, she married the prince Francis who became King of France in 1559. He died a year later and Mary returned to Scotland. The program will follow Mary’s life (and death) in music and will also feature her poetry as well as poems written about or inspired by her.
This is the ensemble’s thirty-fourth season and the director and members are all thrilled to be performing again in person for live audiences We are especially thrilled to return to the lovely chapel at Redeemer! The group has a small vocal ensemble of ten singers, lutes, guitars, viols, rebec, renaissance violin, and recorders.
The performance is Saturday, May 7 at 7:30 in the chapel.