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Ensemble in Residence - Newberry Consort: Four Queens and a Joker

Medieval playing cards

When: Sunday, April 24, 2022
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM Central

Where: Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Center for the Musical Arts, Galvin Recital Hall, 70 Arts Circle, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Cost: $50.00

Contact: Concert Management Office   (847) 467-4000

Group: Bienen School of Music Concerts and Events

Category: Fine Arts


Ellen Hargis, soprano and director; Marie-Nathalie Lacoursière, dancer and staging director; Lucía Mier y Terán Romero and Salomé Sandoval, soprano; Allison Selby Cook, mezzo-soprano; Allison Monroe and Brandi Berry Benson, violin; David Douglass, viola and director; Jeremy David Ward, bass violin; Charles Metz, harpsichord; Claire Happel Ashe, triple harp; Brandon J. Acker, mandolin, theorbo, and guitar; Daniel Swenberg, mandolin and theorbo; Shawn Keener, projection design 

Games and cards were all the rage in the 17th and 18th centuries, and the Newberry Consort presents two pieces for four sopranos, depicting lively matches! The Consort performs a comic intermezzo by 17th-century composer Virgilio Mazzocchi depicting the hunting game of “La Civetta,” or the Little Owl. In collaboration with Italian scholar Aldo Roma, the Consort recreates the game on stage. Also featured on the program is the 18th-century Caldara cantata “Il Giuoco del Quadriglio,” or The Game of Quadrille. Full of snark, sass, and sarcasm, the text is set to gorgeous music with arias for sopranos with obbligato violin, recorder, and two mandolins. Singers will dance, the director will play, and the chamber orchestra joins in the fun. Don’t miss the rare opportunity to see these pieces staged. 

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