7 to 8 pm ET
Piffaro. (Image: Anthony Dean)
Piffaro: Entre dos álamos
The early music group, joined by a stellar vocal ensemble, makes its Music of the Americas debut with a program of Latin American 16th-century music.
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The indigenous musicians of South America quickly adopted and mastered the new instruments and forms brought by Catholic colonists in the 16th century. Incorporating shawms, dulcians, and sackbuts into their own musical culture, they became proficient performers and composers in the European polyphonic style. Over the following two centuries, this musical cross-pollination produced a body of work unsurpassed in its magnificence.
Piffaro (Priscilla Herreid, Grant Herreid, Greg Ingles, Jonatan Alvarado, and Eric Schmaltz) will be joined by a stellar cast of guest singers, including sopranos Nell Snaidas and Estelí Gomez, countertenor Jay Carter, and bass-baritone Andrew Padgett.
Piffaro, The Renaissance Band delights audiences with highly polished recreations of the rustic music of the peasantry and the elegant sounds of the official wind bands of the late Medieval and Renaissance periods. Its ever-expanding instrumentarium includes shawms, dulcians, sackbuts, recorders, krumhorns, bagpipes, lutes, guitars, harps, and a variety of percussion—all careful reconstructions of instruments from the period.
Under Artistic Director Priscilla Herreid, the world-renowned pied-pipers of Early Music present an annual subscription concert series in the Philadelphia region, tour throughout the United States, Europe, Canada, and South America, and appear as performers and instructors at major Early Music festivals. Recordings are a significant part of the ensemble’s work, and 18 CDs have been released since 1992. Piffaro has been active in the field of education since its inception in 1980, and has been honored twice for its work by Early Music America, receiving the “Early Music Brings History Alive” award in 2003, and the Laurette Goldberg “Lifetime Achievement Award in Early Music Outreach” in 2011. In June 2015, the American Recorder Society honored Piffaro with its Distinguished Achievement Award.
This concert is part of GEMAS, a project of Americas Society and Gotham Early Music Scene devoted to early music of the Americas.
The MetLife Foundation Music of the Americas concert series is made possible by the generous support of Presenting Sponsor MetLife Foundation.
The Spring 2023 Music program is also supported, in part, by by the Howard Gilman Foundation, and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.
Additional support comes from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Association of Performing Arts Professionals’ ArtsForward program, made possible through support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, New Music USA’s Organizational Development Fund in 2022-23, the Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University, The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, and The Amphion Foundation, Inc.