August is usually a pretty staid month for music here in Boston, but we’ve got some good concerts coming up. Everything from early music to Ravel is in the works for the next few weeks.
First, from Teri comes news of ElFuego.
Spanish Opera and Zarzuela scenes concert
Saturday, 8/18, St. John’s Episcopal Church, Roanoke and Revere, Jamaica Plain (Boston, MA) 5:30 and 8:00 p.m.
Experience the deception, jealousy and passion from the 18th century characters’ love triangle entanglements featured in a selection of arias, duets and choruses from Jose de Nebra and Antonio de Literes stage works. A fine contrast of Italianate baroque drama and Spanish folk music set to the contagious rhythms of castanets. If you love Handel’s Acis and Galatea, wait until you hear Literes’!
Salome Sandoval, soprano, baroque guitar and artistic director;
Camila Parias, and Erika Vogel, sopranos;
Teri Kowiak, mezzo-soprano;
Martin Near, countertenor;
Ari Nieh, baritone;
Lisa Brooke & Karen Burciaga, violins;
Dan Meyers, recorder and castanets;
Elizabeth Hardy, recorder and bassoon;
Emily Davison, baroque cello;
Sarah Hager, harpsichord.
Friday 8/24, St. John’s Episcopal Church, Roanoke and Revere, Jamaica Plain (Boston, MA) 5:30 and 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 8/29, Church of St. John the Evangelist, 35 Bowdoin Street, Boston. 5;30 p.m.
El Fuego Early Music Ensemble presents a daring program – Cupid’s Arrow: 17th and 18th Century Songs from Spain and the New World. Is it sacred or secular love? Spanish conquistadores and South American natives might have listened to villancicos with naughty lyrics and dance rhythms—at church! Works by Araujo, Duron, Castellanos and Marin.
Teri Kowiak, mezzo-soprano;
Camila Parias, soprano;
Dan Meyers, recorder and percussion;
Elizabeth Hardy, recorder and dulcian;
James Williamson, viol and baroque cello;
Salome Sandoval, soprano, baroque guitar and artistic direction.
Tom Zajac, recorder and percussion.
Tickets at the door $10 general audience (cash only). For more info
please contact Salome Sandoval at email@example.com
Next up is the IBERICA Early Music Festival 2012. Salome Sandoval tells us the following.
And finally, the Mercury Orchestra is back with an all Ravel all the time concert. This one I’m singing in.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 18, 2012 . 8:00 pm
Ravel Le tombeau de Couperin
Ravel Daphnis et Chloé (complete ballet)
Mercury Orchestra Chorale
Channing Yu, conductor
The Mercury Orchestra celebrates the 100th anniversary of the premiere of Ravel’s magnificent ballet Daphnis et Chloé, a tableau of dazzling orchestral colors depicting the passionate love between the goatherd Daphnis and shepherdess Chloé. The orchestra will present the seldom performed complete ballet version of this work in concert. Le tombeau de Couperin is Ravel’s delightful homage to the graceful beauty of the baroque French Suite form.
Sanders Theatre, Harvard University
45 Quincy St., Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138
Tickets (Day of Performance): $25 Regular / $20 Student, Harvard ID holders, WBUR members, WGBH members
Advance Tickets: $20 Regular / $15 Student, Harvard ID holders, WBUR members, WGBH members
Enjoy all of the music!