July 8th, 2013
The Madison Early Music Festival is going on now.
The 14th Madison Early Music Festival will celebrate the sumptuous years of the German late Medieval, Renaissance and early Baroque periods. Ceremonial music during this magnificent era testified to wealth, learning, and sophistication, reflecting glory on the rulers who supported and cultivated the arts in their courts and in the churches, and revealing the struggle between royalty and clergy fighting over territories and religion.
The historical centerpiece of the week will be a splendid Mass and subsequent eight-day, international festival that took place in Stuttgart in March of 1616, celebrating the princely christening of the fifth son of Johann Friedrich, Duke of Württemberg, and his wife Barbara Sophia, Margravine of Brandenburg—events well documented in word and in a famous set of engravings. Come join in the magnificence and celebration with concerts, lectures, classes—and a masked ball!
The remaining concerts are as follows:
Handel Aria Competition July 8, 7:00 pm
The Dark Horse Consort July 9, 7:30 pm
MEMF Participant Concert July 11, 1 pm
Calmus Ensemble Leipzig July 11, 7:30 pm
All-Festival Concert July 12, 7:30 pm
Ticket prices are $20 for the general public and $17 for students. More info can be found here.