SoHIP Announces Its 2024 Summer Concert Series

The Society for Historically Informed Performance (SoHIP) is pleased to announce its 2024 Concert Series. 

SoHIP offers eight programs of live performances and video premieres beginning June 11. Now in its 38th season, SoHIP continues to promote public appreciation and understanding of historically informed performance of early music in New England.

Concerts are June 11-August 8 at 7:30pm.
Tuesdays at St. Anne’s in-the-Fields, 147 Concord Road, Lincoln, MA
Wednesdays at The Chapel at West Parish, 210 Lowell Street, Andover, MA
Thursdays at Lindsey Chapel at Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury St. Boston, MA

Videos premiere Fridays, June 28-August 23 at 7:30pm on YouTube. All are free of charge, with donations encouraged, and remain available to watch.

Contact: Karen Burciaga, General Manager, [email protected]

Concert Series

June 11-13 “So Far From Home”
Voices and viols mingle in 16th-c. polyphony from Spain, France, Holland, Italy, England, and Germany on themes of exile and migration. Music of Dowland, Rossi, Camphuysen, and Cavendish connects us across time with people who sought hope through music just as we do today.

Nota Bene Viol Consort: Joanna Blendulf, Wendy Gillespie, Sarah Mead, Emily Walhout, viols; Anney Barrett and Michael Barrett, voices

June 18-20 “Shir Levi’im: A Song of Levites”
MIRYAM gives us a glimpse into the rich musical life of the Portuguese Jews of 17th-c. Amsterdam. The program features music of Baroque composers Caceres and Lidarti, mystical poems by the 11th-c. Yehuda Halevi, and a new setting of the Kaddish Shalem, a central prayer of thanksgiving and praise.

MIRYAM: Alicia DePaolo, soprano, Hilary Anne Walker, mezzo-soprano, Marika Holmqvist, violin, Emily Hale, violin, Sarah Freiberg, cello, Juan Mesa, harpsichord

June 25-27 “Hildegard Reanimated: Vision in Vision”
Medieval polymath Hildegard von Bingen’s music is inextricably linked with the revelations she experienced from the age of three. This multimedia concert features music and illuminations from Hildegard’s vast oeuvre accompanied by artist Cate Duckwall’s new artistic animations of the four most famous visions.

The Pandora Consort: Kendra Comstock, Angie Tyler, Gina Marie Falk, voices

July 9-11 “Fantasticus!”
17th-c. virtuoso Italian musicians traversed the Alps to Germany and Austria, bringing with them the stylus fantasticus–an improvisatory style of early Baroque instrumental music. Guts Baroque makes their SoHIP debut with varied, fantastical works of Bertali, Frescobaldi, Schmelzer, and Biber. 

Guts Baroque: Sylvia Schwartz, violin, Rebecca Shaw, viola da gamba, Andrus Madsen, harpsichord

July 16-18 “The 18th-century Salon: Music by Bach’s Son”
C.P.E. Bach’s distinctive quartets for flute, viola, and fortepiano mark the transition from the late Baroque to early Classical eras. Their elegant motives and virtuosic embellishments embody the innovations of composers linked to King Frederick the Great, himself an accomplished musician.

The Berlin Trio: Mary Oleskiewicz, baroque flute, Georgina McKay Lodge, viola, David Schulenberg, fortepiano

July 23-25 “Let’s Make Arrangements”
Four virtuoso recorder players perform 15th-c. Franco-Flemish masters, Baroque keyboard works, Ligeti’s Bagatelles, Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, a Medieval estampie, a Romantic tango, and more. This music is so compelling, Sempervirens just had to make arrangements to play it!

Sempervirens: Heloise Degrugillier, Daniel Meyers, Emily O’Brien, Roy Sansom, recorders

July 30-August 1 Cantos y Suspiros” (Songs and Sighs)
Explore the sumptuous sound world of 17th-c. Spain with songs about the joys and treacheries of love. Poetic works of master composers Juan Hidalgo, Juan de Návas, José Marín, Cristóbal Galán, Santiago de Murcia, and others are illuminated by voice, plucked strings, winds, and percussion. 

Xacarilla: Camila Parias, soprano, Christa Patton, Baroque harp, Jason Priset, Baroque guitar, Heloise Degrugillier, recorder, Dan Meyers, percussion

August 6-8 “Blistering Passions”
Voice and lute intertwine beautifully to tell of love’s blistering heat and icy rejection. Lute songs of Strozzi, Caccini, Purcell, Lawes and others illustrate stories ranging from pastoral idylls to militaristic conquests to the occasional discordant organ–the heart itself.

Kim Leeds, mezzo-soprano, Dani Zanuttini-Frank, lute

Virtual Series

June 28 Nota Bene “So Far From Home”
July 12 MIRYAM Shir Levi-im: A Song of Levites”
July 19 The Pandora Consort “Hildegard Reanimated: Vision in Vision”
July 26 Guts Baroque “Fantasticus!”
August 2 The Berlin Trio “The 18th-c. Salon”
August 9 Sempervirens “Let’s Make Arrangements”
August 16 Xacarilla “Cantos y Suspiros”
August 23 Kim Leeds & Dani Zanuttini-Frank “Blistering Passions”

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