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Piffaro presents Music for Twelfth Night
January 5 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm EST$15
Piffaro, the Renaissance Wind Band, will celebrate Twelfth Night with a digital concert featuring music for 17th Century English Masques. The concert will livestream January 5, accompanied by a live chat, and will remain available for one week on demand. Digital tickets ($15) and subscriptions ($45) are available online at Piffaro.org or by calling 215-235-8469.
Watch preview: https://youtu.be/KXnyQdAYrcI
English court masques featured masked performers dancing and singing to the playing of the court musicians and were popular during Christmastide – especially on Twelfth Night. They consist of a comic “antimasque,” performed by professional actors and dancers, and a stately main masque, danced by the courtiers themselves. Piffaro’s musicians have some fun with the antimasque dances in its program, wearing masks to evoke dancing birds, bears, goats, baboons and witches, as in the original masques. The program will feature English masque repertoire arranged by Grant Herreid for Piffaro’s signature array of shawms, dulcians, recorders, bagpipes, krumhorns, and especially the band’s bass instruments: octave bass dulcian, contrabass recorder and bass sackbut. A candle dance, choreographed by Herreid, will evoke the torchbearer processions of the 17th century masques. The end result is a Twelfth Night program that is an unusual offering on the holiday concert calendar, full of mystery and beauty.