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SalonEra: The Orpheus Myth

  • Monday, April 19 at 7:30pm ET

No myth is more foundational to musicians than the tragic tale of Orpheus and his lute. On April 19th, SalonEra guests scholar Susan McClary, soprano Michele Kennedy, and tenor Jason McStoots bring the story to life through conversation and music that spans the centuries. Audiences will enjoy excerpts from Monteverdi’s Orfeo and Charpentier’s La descente d’Orphée aux enfers (in archival performances shared with SalonEra by the Boston Early Music Festival) as we consider different artistic interpretations of the story including Marcel Camus’ 1959 film Black Orpheus. Tune in for new remote collaborations of music by Monteverdi, Rameau, Maurice Green, and Vaughn Williams, each of whom used the Orpheus story to probe connections between humanity and music.


Program includes

Luiz Bonfá (1922 – 2001)
“Manhã de Carnaval”

Maurice Greene (1696 – 1755)
“Orpheus and his lute”

Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643)
“Si dolce il tormento”

Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872 – 1958)
“Orpheus with his lute”

and excerpts from:

Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683 – 1764)

Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1643 – 1704)
Orphée descente aux enfers



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