December 11, 2019

Melos Choir and Period Instruments

Updated August 17, 2018

        Welcome to Melos' 2018/19 season! Enter the stillness of a Medieval Cloister, or don a mask and celebrate Carnevale in riotous, 17th century Venetian style! Join Melos' talented choir, soli, and virtuosic period instruments as we explore the breadth of beautiful Early Music, from Italy to France to Egypt and back again.
         In our October 12th concert, "Da Vinci to Galileo-Inquiring Minds and Inquisitions", you will be swept away by the sacred sounds and secular songs familiar to Italy's great minds from 1450-1650. Music by Palestrina, VIncenzo Galilei, Gabrieli and others will be accompanied by astounding readings from the period.
         Escape the Christmas rush on December 14th at our calming Advent and Christmas concert, "Noels Anciens-French Christmas, 12-18th centuries". A program of all French music, it includes mystical chant from Medieval France, familiar noels, instrumental music of Boismortier, and Charpentier's sublime "Messe de Minuit".
         In March, come and enjoy a raucous evening of period music, drama, food, drink and revelry at the Venetian Carnevale fundraiser. A silent auction of talents and experiences features the talents of local artists, gift packages fro Kingston's great restaurants and shops, weekend getaways in Prince Edward County, and more. The auction can be previewed on our website in February. Help support Melos' educational outreach and excellent period performances!
         Our season finishes in a collaboration with Alpharabius ensemble for Middle Eastern Music, presenting "Early Music and Dance, from the Middle East to France 9th to 19th centuries."  Alpharabius and guest period dancers will show the rich music and dance tradition of the Mediterranean. You will hear the Qanun and other rarely heard Arabic instruments, traditional Arabic folk tunes, contrasting eastern and western chant, Baroque dance and belly dance, and Rameau's "Les Indes Gallantes".

     Watch our website for details about open workshops in March, led by specialists from Alpharabius and Melos in historic chant, dance, and percussion.

     We hope you will enjoy our concerts in the historic, sacred space of St. George's, and be inspired to study, learn or even sing or play with us! See our website for more details, or email for information.

Holly Gwynne-Timothy, Artistic Director


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