ANTIC FACES

Joyne Hands: Elizabethan entertainments for mixed consort

The exciting new Renaissance band Antic Faces brings together six world-class West Coast favorites to recreate the unique sound of the English mixed consort. This iconic Elizabethan ensemble-grouping was the first of its kind, specifically drawing from different instrument families (winds, bowed strings, plucked and strummed strings) to create a richly varied texture which quickly captured the imagination of composers in England and abroad. The playful dialogue between the violin and Renaissance flute, the virtuosic flash of the lute, the lushly intertwining support of the bass viol, against the shimmering backdrop of the wire-strung bandora and cittern: this truly irresistible combination, endowed with endless possibilities of invention and variety, became a centerpiece of courtly and theatrical entertainments.

The musicians of Antic Faces (Shira Kammen, Mindy Rosenfeld, David Morris, John Lenti, Julie Jeffrey and Peter Hallifax) bring this music alive with their vibrant chemistry. The program will feature the best of the English mixed consort repertoire, based on songs and dances of the day, running the gamut in mood from rollicking to refined, including music of Dowland, Byrd, Morley, Phillips, Allison and Coperario. Selections for the big band will be mixed with moments showcasing the artistry of individual soloists. For textural contrast, the string consort (violin and viols) will intersperse a selection of Orlando Gibbon’s sonorous and sophisticated proto-sonatas, the Great Dooble Bass Fantasies.

ANTIC FACES: Shira Kammen, violin; Mindy Rosenfeld, flute; David Morris, viola da gamba; John Lenti, theorbo; Julie Jeffrey, viola da gamba; Peter Hallifax, viola da gamba

FRIDAY, May 10, 8:00PM
First Presbyterian Church
1140 Cowper Street at Lincoln, Palo Alto

SATURDAY, May 11, 7:30PM
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church
2300 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

SUNDAY, May 12, 4:00PM
St. Mark’s Lutheran Church
1111 O’Farrell at Gough, San Francisco

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