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December 2020

SalonEra: Medieval Christmas

  • Monday Dec 14 at 7:30pm ET

Members of Blue Heron  (Scott Metcalfe, director) and Trobàr (featuring Elena Mullins and Allison Monroe) bring us “a captivating mix of mysticism and merriment” in this episode illuminating Medieval music for Advent and Christmas. We'll also speak with composer Kevin Allen and preview his new work for Blue Heron, Puer nobis nascitur. Register for SalonEra You’ll receive a link by…

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January 2021

Ars Nova | Annus Novus

  • Saturday January 9, 2021 at 8:00pm

Presented by Music in the Somerset Hills. Debra Nagy is joined by soprano Elena Mullins and vielle player Allison Monroe in a program of stunning medieval music that rings in the new year. With each member of this all-female trio featured both as vocalist and instrumentalist, this program offers beguiling music of the fourteenth century as we look forward together…

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SalonEra: Behind the Scenes

  • Monday, Jan 18 at 7:30pm ET

SalonEra returns on January 18th with a special episode featuring SalonEra’s production team sharing highlights from the fall season and newly-produced remote collaborations of favorite works by Handel. Audiences will gain insights into how SalonEra episodes are created from guest interviews to music recording. Featured artists include host Debra Nagy, SalonEra Associate Producer and violinist Shelby Yamin, Audio Engineer and…

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February 2021

SalonEra: Afro-Caribbean Roots

  • Monday, Feb 1 at 7:30 pm ET

February 1st’s SalonEra episode features Haitian baritone Jean Bernard Cerin, soprano Sherezade Panthaki, and keyboardist Henry Lebedinsky. Cerin probes the first iterations of Haiti in the Classical music tradition, Lebedinsky introduces modinhas by mulatto composer Joaquin Manoel da Câmara (approx. 1780-1840), and all our guests collaborate remotely to record rarely-performed songs and arrangements by Guadeloupe-born composer Joseph de Bologne, the…

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SalonEra: Stylus Fantasticus

  • Monday, Feb 15 at 7:30pm ET

Tune in on February 15th at 7:30pm ET for Episode 11: Stylus Fantasticus! We’re joined by a spectacular team of musicians for a deep dive into the wild, exploratory music of 17th century Italy and Austria. Irish harpist Maria Cleary reimagines a famous Kapsberger prelude for her instrument, while baritone Jonathan Woody and violinists Tekla Cunningham and Julie Andrijeski share…

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Games & Grounds

  • Premiere: Thursday Feb 18 at 7:30pm
    Closing Reception: Monday Mar 1 at 7:30pm

There’s no shortage of fun in this program that features musical versions of Aesop’s timeless fables interspersed with virtuosic ground bass variations by Jean-Féry Rebel, Marin Marais, Jean-Philippe Rameau, and others. Featuring tenor Jason McStoots and soprano Elena Mullins, who presents a new choreography for Rebel’s brilliant showpiece Caractères de la danse. Generously supported by program sponsor Charlotte and Jack…

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March 2021

SalonEra: Jewish Diaspora

  • Monday, March 1 at 7:30pm ET

On March 1st, Brooklyn-based Israeli multi-instrumentalist and singer Daphna Mor and performer/researcher Elizabeth Weinfield join host Debra Nagy for an exploration of Jewish identity and musical traditions. Daphna Mor will share how she has incorporated Jewish liturgical music into her performing life and demonstrate the art of Piyut, an oral tradition in which Jewish communities in Yemen, Iran, Morocco, Turkey, and elsewhere set…

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SalonEra: Women in Music

  • Monday, March 15 at 7:30pm ET

SalonEra marks Women’s History Month with  a special episode on March 15th featuring instrumental and vocal music by Maddalena Sirmen, Barbara Strozzi, Isabella Leonarda, Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre, and Clara Schumann. Featured guests include harpsichordist Byron Schenkman, violinist Shelby Yamin, and soprano Michele Kennedy, who share a commitment to researching, performing, and recording music by women composers.   Program includes   Clara Schumann…

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Women of Genius

  • Premiere: Thursday March 18 at 7:30pm ET
    Closing Reception: Monday March 29 at 7:30pm ET

Les Délices honors Women’s History Month by celebrating the contributions of remarkably accomplished, creative women in 17th and 18th century France. Challenging the notion of the isolated “genius,” we’ll reveal the histories of female poets, performers, and composers who not only made their voices heard but exerted a stronger cultural influence than many realize. Soprano Clara Rottsolk joins Les Délices…

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SalonEra: Medieval Visionaries

  • Monday, March 29 at 7:30pm ET

On March 29th, SalonEra illuminates the lives and works of two Medieval visionaries: Christine de Pizan and Guillaume de Machaut. The greatest poet-musician of the 14th century, Machaut was a trailblazer across multiple forms and genres. Pizan challenged misogyny in her writing, envisioning a feminist utopia in her famous book The City of Ladies, and championing equal rights for women.…

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