The Tufts University Department of Music is pleased to announce a concert by early music ensemble Les grâces entitled “Italianisme! Italian Fashion Week, c. 1700” at Tufts University on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 8 p.m. in the Distler Performance Hall of the Perry and Marty Granoff Music Center on Tufts’ Medford/ Somerville campus.
Around the turn of the eighteenth century, northern Europe went wild for anything that sounded Italian. Contemporaries complained that Italian-inspired genres like the sonata or cantata were literally “springing up under one’s feet.” This program explores the flavors of musical italianisme offered around 1700 in Paris, Amsterdam, and London. From imported works by Italians like Alessandro Scarlatti or Antonio Cesti, to cantatas by German-born composers such as Handel written while in Italy, Italian fashions captivated the European imagination.
Les grâces is comprised of Jennifer Paulino, soprano; Rebekah Ahrendt, viola da gamba; and Jonathan Rhodes Lee, harpsichord, with special guest Karen Burciaga, violin.
The Granoff Music Center is located at 20 Talbot Avenue on Tufts’ Medford/Somerville campus. Tickets are free with a Tufts I.D. card (limit two per I.D.) and $10 for general admission. For more information, please visit as.tufts.edu/music/musiccenter or call the Granoff Music Center Box Office at 617.627.3679.
This concert has been made possible by the Granoff Music Fund.
– Information from Tufts University