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May 2021

Fandangos & the New World: Concert and Conversation

May 9 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT

Sunday May 9th at 7pm ET Streamed via: or   This program features Ibero-American dances and song-dances, including folias, jácaras, and fandangos, from the Renaissance to the present. The music spans the early Spanish Cancioneros (songbooks) in old Iberia to contemporary folk and popular music from Venezuela and Mexico. We feature dances such as the joropo from Venezuela and Colombia and the Fandango Jarocho from Mexico. Performers will switch from the European viola da gamba and Renaissance guitar…

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BLEMF21 | IU Historical Performance Institute

May 9 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm EDT

The first concert of the 2021 Bloomington Early Music Festival will be spring highlights from the IU Baroque and Classical Orchestra, directed by Stanley Ritchie. Sunday, May 9 | 7:30pm Pre-Festival Toast | Registration Required ---> 8pm YouTube Premiere | Learn more about BLEMF21 -->

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BLEMF21 | Bloomington Bach Cantata Project

May 10 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT

The Bloomington Bach Cantata Project present "Tönet, ihr Pauken! Erschallet, Trompeten!" BWV 214 as the second concert of the 2021 Bloomington Early Music Festival. This performance will follow the typical BBCP presentation format, with a mid-program lecture given by Dr. Daniel R. Melamed. Monday, May 10 | 8pm YouTube Premiere Learn more about BLEMF21 --->

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BLEMF21 | Las Aves

May 11 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm EDT

Las Aves Ensemble presents a program of music by Isabella Leonarda, with Messe Prima as the centerpiece. Tuesday, May 11 | 8pm YouTube Premiere Pre-Concert Lecture by Claire Fontijn (Wellesley College) Paulina Francisco, soprano Joanna Fleming, alto Benjamin Bird, tenor Jesse Warren, bass Anna Okada & Reynaldo Patiño, violins Philip Kettler, viola da gamba Adam Dillon, sackbut Dušan Balarin, theorbo Christopher Caruso-Lynch, organ   Learn more about BLEMF21 -->

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How to Build a More Equitable Culture in Early Music

May 12 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT

Monthly conversations on examining the ways in which racism operates, recognizing our roles, and committing to change. Facilitated by EMA IDEA task force members Patricia Ann Neely and Gus Denhard. Limited to 20 participants. EMA membership required. PLEASE NOTE: This month's meeting will occur one hour earlier than usual at 1pm ET. Registration details found on the Member Opportunities page. Login required

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PMW Spotlight: Stylus Phantasticus explained!

May 12 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm PDT

Tekla Cunningham and special guest Professor Charles Brewer, Florida State University, discuss the Stylus Phantasticus and relate how composers from our Genius Unbound program experimented with that style. Stay for the chat and view a preview of our May 22nd Genius Unbound program – our cinematic short of Sonata Seconda for violin and continuo by Giovanni Battista Fontana (1589–1630).

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Deep Roots, New Branches – Indomitable Spirit: Music of the African Diaspora in the Americas

May 12 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm PDT

featuring Antonio Gomez Accompany Americana roots musician and storyteller Benjamin Hunter, anthropologist Monica Rojas, and musician/educator Antonio Gomez as they discuss the creative power of African heritage in shaping the music of North and South America. Discover the African roots of the banjo and learn how New Orleans, New York and Havana are kindred cities. Travel from the Mississippi Delta to Salvador, Brazil as we trace the resilience of African identity to not only endure the tragedies of the slave…

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Deceptively Simple

May 13 @ 12:00 am - August 1 @ 12:00 am EDT
$20 – $60

The earliest written keyboard pieces were improvisations on simple musical material: popular tunes, plainchant, or even just abstract musical intervals. The scale is possibly the simplest building block of all, and composers delighted in spinning elaborate musical structures out of scales. Jeffrey Grossman performs a selection of these works, which all begin unpretentiously but build to dazzling, finger-twisting heights. Concerts in TENET's 2021 Spring Series will stream from the release date through the summer.

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Midtown Concerts Presents Concentus

May 13 @ 1:15 pm - 2:00 pm EDT

The Diverging Baroque Traditions   Eighteenth-century Europe was a melting pot of diverging musical traditions. Marin Marais and Jacques-Martin Hotteterre’s music showcase essences of the French tradition; Giuseppe Sammartini represents the late Baroque Italian style; and German composers Telemann and Handel’s cosmopolitan style blends various European traditions together. Alex Yu, recorder Ka-Wai Yu, viola da gamba and baroque cello Elena Zamolodchikova, harpsichord

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BLEMF21 | Choral Music from Guatemala

May 13 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm EDT

The first of two BLEMF programs featuring music from the IU Lilly Library Guatemalan Manuscripts, curated by Paul Borg. Join us for an evening of choral music directed by Dr. Carolann Buff, featuring a mass ordinary and several motets from the manuscripts. Thursday, May 13 | 8pm YouTube Premiere Pre-Concert Lecture by Paul Borg (Indiana University) Elise Miller & Rachel Petty, soprano Carolann Buff & Joanna Fleming, alto Lawrence Abernathy & Benjamin Bird, tenor Matthias Murphy & Jono Palmer, bass…

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