“The World Turn’d Upside Down: Music of the English Civil War”
This Boston-based group specializes in consort music of the 16th and 17th centuries, and delights “in blurring the lines between ‘art music’ and folk tunes.” From their website, here is a description of this delightful program:
The tumultuous years of the English Civil War and Interregnum (1640-1660) produced music that resonated deeply for both commoners and nobility throughout the British Isles. The royalist Cavaliers and Cromwell’s “roundheads” both had active propaganda machines, and each side produced ballads and songs that satirized the opposition and promoted their own views, or glorified martial heroes such as the dashing Prince Rupert of the Rhine. The court of Charles I also contained many notable musicians, including the viol player and composer William Lawes; he gave his life for the Royalist cause, but not before composing some of the most sublime and bizarre consort music of the 17th century. This program features music from Lawes, Locke, Alfonso Ferrabosco the Younger, The Division Violin, and original Seven Times Salt settings of Civil War ballads and songs.
Karen Burciaga, baroque violin, voice
Dan Meyers, recorders, flute, percussion, voice
Josh Schreiber Shalem, bass viol, voice
Matthew Wright, lute, voice
with special guest, Michael Barrett as tenor
Cash bar provided by Harvest Brewing. Tickets by donation.
Concert sponsored by Bennington Baroque.