Early Music in Columbus
2019-2020 Season Concerts

The Early Interval
featuring Fior Angelico
“O Magnum Mysterium: A Columbus Twelfth Night Celebration”

Friday, January 3, 2020
8:00pm Concert
7:30pm Pre-concert talk

St. Joseph Cathedral
212 East Broad Street, Columbus OH

Two local early music ensembles, The Early Interval and Fior Angelico, join forces to present a festive and mystical Twelfth Night. This program revels in the sumptuous music of the Spanish Renaissance and early Baroque, known as Spain's Golden Age. Featured works are the Missa O magnum mysterium by Tomás Luis de Victoria and seasonal motets, alongside instrumental fantasias, variations, and dances, including favorites enjoyed by Columbus audiences spanning four decades.

“A Holiday Tradition…” The Columbus Dispatch

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Les Délices and Blue Heron
“Songs About Hope”

Friday, January 17, 2020
8:00pm Concert
7:30pm Pre-concert talk

Huntington Recital Hall, Capital University
1 College and Main, Columbus OH

Les Délices (Debra Nagy, director) & Blue Heron (Scott Metcalfe, director) come together for this program focused on Hope (Esperance), the allegorical character from the world of the Romance of the Rose who sustains a courtly lover through the thousand pains of lovesickness and teaches him to find delight instead of suffering. Songs about Hope explores a group of 14th-century songs in the hypnotic late-medieval style dubbed the Ars subtilior or “more subtle art” that draw inspiration from each other’s words and music. Works by Machaut, Senleches, Caserta, and Galiot, and others.

“...Les Délices’ flawless but laid-back execution make their music instantly accessible to modern audiences.” ClevelandClassical.com

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East of the River
“HAMSA: Music of Andalusia, North Africa, and the Ottoman Empire”

Friday, March 13, 2020
8:00pm Concert
7:30pm Pre-concert talk

Huntington Recital Hall, Capital University
1 College and Main, Columbus OH

East of the River presents HAMSA featuring music from the geographic regions of Andalusia, North Africa, the Ottoman Empire, and the Sephardic Diaspora. Based on music using the melodic modal system referred to as the Makam, this program draws its listeners to the distinct beauty of and similarities between liturgical, folk, and Ottoman courtly music. 

“Culturally rich…Musically addictive.”  Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 
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Apollo’s Fire
J. S. Bach’s “St. Matthew Passion”

Thursday, April 2, 2020
7:00pm Concert
6:30pm Pre-concert talk with Dr. Lois Rosow

Mees Hall, Capital University
1 College and Main, Columbus OH

Apollo’s Fire and conductor Jeannette Sorrell – both GRAMMY award winners – bring a dramatic presentation of Bach’s transcendent oratorio. Featuring a double choir and double orchestra, world-class soloists, and children’s choir, this is a festive event to open Holy Week. Bach’s resounding sense of community envelopes the performance, as members of the chorus stand in the aisles and the audience joins in singing the chorales – just as Bach’s congregation did nearly 300 years ago.

“A resplendent performance…exquisite moments. The magnificent chorus [sang] to breathtaking effect…” New York Times
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40th Anniversary Celebration

Thursday, May 14, 2020
Mozart's Café

Please join us for a special celebration of our 40th Anniversary season

Enjoy delicious food and drinks provided by Mozart's Café followed by an intimate performance with Paul O'Dette! He will be playing a selection of 17th-century lute music.

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