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(Re)announcing our 2023-2024 season!

Severall Friends spread their wings!

The Lovers’ Bane: The Story of Tristan and Iseult

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Saturday, March 10, 2.00 – 3.30pm EST, (12 noon MST)
Zoom program with Desirée Mays
 

 

The Lovers’ Bane: The Story of Tristan and Iseult

Join the Triangle Wagner Society of North Carolina for a unique presentation: The LoversBane: The Story of Tristan and Iseult as told in Medieval music and song. Severall Friends, directed by Mary Springfels, play music of the 13th century with songs and lais, and text from the poem Tristan and Iseult by Gottfried von Strassburg. This literary work was the main source of Richard Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde. Adapted readings from the text are narrated by Desirée Mays, who will also introduce the video. The musicians play early music instruments set to a montage of original medieval images.

REGISTRATION AND GUEST PAYMENT If you plan to participate on the day of the event or would like to receive a link to the recording of the program, please register with Martha Dimes: marthadimes@gmail.com. The guest fee is $15.

Season finale

Monteverdi’s Venice

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Sunday, April 14, 4:00 pm
New Mexico School for the Arts, 500 Montezuma Av., Santa Fe
Admission $30 ($10 for students), sold on-line only at SeverallFriends.org

 

 

Season finale: Monteverdi’s Venice

Immerse yourself in a mesmerizing showcase of compositions by the visionary geniuses who shaped the soundscape of 17th Century Venice.  At the turn of the 17th century Venice appeared to embody all that was glorious about European culture. Its architecture owed nothing to the Roman past, or, for that matter, to Northern Gothic building styles. It was exotic, being influenced by the East as much as the West. Its visual appeal was matched by the sounds that it made. There were the impressive outdoor processions of the Scuola Grande di San Rocco, and the raucous celebrations during the Carnival season. There were the new public opera houses,  the overwhelmingly beautiful singing which resounded in the churches and ospidale, and the private recitals to be heard in grand houses.

 

From the soul-stirring notes of Monteverdi to the vibrant melodies of Castello and Marini, this concert promises an unforgettable journey through time. Soprano Emily Noël and lutenist Michael Leopold will join our regular ensemble of Elizabeth Blumenstock and Stephen Redfield, violin; Mary Springfels, viola da gamba; and Kathleen Macintosh, harpsichord; in bringing these works to life.

 

PAST EVENTS

MarketMusic returns

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PAST EVENT: Saturday, December 2 and 16 at noon
The Gallery of New Mexico School for the Arts, 500 Montezuma Av., Santa Fe

 

 

The Baroque concert series MarketMusic returns to the Railyard on two December Saturdays with delightful music to celebrate the holiday season!

 

Featuring different selections in two concerts, both have excerpts from Handel’s Messiah, along with various Baroque pieces celebrating the holidays.

 

In the December 2nd performance, tenor Fred Graham performs from Handel’s Messiah, as well as an aria from Bach’s Christmas Oratorio. Flutist Kim Pineda joins on the Bach and a Telemann Overture.

 

The December 16th performance features soprano Kathlene Ritch singing from Handel’s Messiah and Bach’s Magnificat. Harpsichordist Kathy McIntosh will play a solo work by Couperin.

 

These informal yet top quality concerts are open to the community, and kids are welcome! Though there is no admission charge, a $20 donation is suggested.

 

Performances take place in the Gallery of the New Mexico School for the Arts (500 Montezuma Ave.) at noon. Free parking is provided across the street.

Season opener

Telemann in Paris

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PAST EVENT: Sunday, February 25, 4:00 pm
New Mexico School for the Arts, 500 Montezuma Av., Santa Fe
SOLD OUT

 

 

We are thrilled to devote much of our program to three of Georg Philipp Telemann’s twelve “Paris” Quartets. Telemann absolutely nailed the virtuosic, sophisticated, and delicious French style; these quartets became so inordinately popular in Paris that he had to travel there to shut down a booming pirating industry. The program will also feature an evocative and lively duo by Joseph Bodin de Boismortier for flute and violin.

Both Telemann and Boismortier were highly successful entrepreneurs, at a time when the exploding bourgeoisie was avidly seeking high-quality music to perform at home. While Boismortier focused exclusively on composing music in the (faintly Italianate) French style, Telemann was a stylistic genius, fascinated by, and master of regional styles, throughout Europe and beyond, including many wonderful and virtuosic folk idioms. Telemann, who traveled frequently to get first-hand exposure to unfamiliar music, commented after a trip to Poland, “…in eight days a man could collect enough musical ideas for his whole life!” You will hear a bit of his wonderful sensitivity to these “bohemian” styles, as he has brilliantly involved them in these wonderful pieces.

Sandra Miller, New York City’s preeminent Baroque flutist, joins Severall Friends’ wonderful local players: Elizabeth Blumenstock, Baroque violin, Mary Springfels, viola da gamba, Katie Rietman, Baroque ‘cello, and Kathleen McIntosh, harpsichord. Don’t miss this concert!

Early music in the high desert

We are Severall Friends, a consortium of musicians who gather to play a broad spectrum of early music from Machaut to Rameau. Based in Santa Fe, our mission is to bring compelling performances to the Southwest. We also plan to work with young musicians from local schools and offer workshops for adult amateurs. Mary Springfels and Elizabeth Blumenstock are co-Directors, and Ken Perlow is Treasurer and General Manager.

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This season is made possible by a generous grant from the John C. Griswold Family Foundation.

This concert season is supported in part by New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, and by the National Endowment for the Arts.

 

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SEASON FINALE

Monteverdi’s Venice

Market Music Returns!