PROGRAM INCLUDES WORKS OF JOHN DOWLAND AND HIS CONTEMPORARIES TO CELEBRATE THE 450TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE COMPOSER’S BIRTH
Thursday, November 7, 2013, THE RENAISSANCE LIBRARY OF THE FABBRI MANSION, 7 EAST 95TH STREET | NYC
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The legendary lutenist Hopkinson Smith, will perform Dowland’s Europe: The Winds of Change to celebrating the 450th anniversary of the composer’s birth, on Thursday, 7 November 2013 at the Renaissance Library of the Fabbri Mansion located on 7 East 95th Street. The Library, built during the Renaissance as part of the Ducal Palace of Urbino in Italy and brought to New York during WWI. This extraordinary event offers a chance to enjoy Renaissance repertoire in an atmosphere of unparalleled authenticity for a United States venue.
The concert, part of the Salon / Sanctuary Concerts Series(www.salonsanctuary.org) founded by Artistic Director Jessica Gould in 2009 offers the special chance to hear pre-Romantic music in intimate venues that complement the historical context of the repertoire. Pleased to present special projects that cast a light on historical issues through the prism of music, Salon/Sanctuary takes pride in many special interdisciplinary performances featuring luminaries from the worlds of opera, theater, film, and dance. The series has garnered critical praise for its innovative programming, and continues to attract a diverse audience for its path breaking offerings. Past and future soloists on Salon/Sanctuary include countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo, soprano Julianne Baird, violinists Monica Huggett, Robert Mealy, and Cynthia Roberts, oboist Gonzalo Ruiz, Harpsichordists Bradley Brookshire, Jory Vinikour, and Kenneth Weiss, NYCB principal dancers Jared Angel and Megan LeCrone, and actors Kathleen Chalfant, Melissa Errico, Ethan Peck, Campbell Scott, and Matthew Modine.
Born in New York in 1946, Hopkinson Smith graduated from Harvard with Honors in Music in 1972. The next year he came to Europe to study with Emilio Pujol in Catalonia and Eugen Dombois in Switzerland. He then became involved in numerous chamber music projects including the founding of the ensemble Hespèrion XX. Since the mid-80’s, he has focused almost exclusively on the solo repertoires for early plucked instruments producing a series of prize-winning recordings for Astrée. These feature Spanish music for vihuela and baroque guitar, French lute music of the Renaissance and baroque, early 17th century Italian music and the German high baroque. Continue reading