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The Seven Last Words of Christ for String Quartet, Op. 51 by Joseph Haydn

Franz Joseph Haydn’s masterpiece The Seven Last Words of Christ expresses the immense sorrow of Christ’s suffering in an Introduction, seven slow movements, and a depiction of the earthquake. Haydn wrote, “each movement is expressed by purely instrumental music in such a way that even the most uninitiated listener will be moved to the very depths of his soul.” This work was originally commissioned in 1783 for the Good Friday services at the Cathedral in Cádiz, Spain, providing a sonic backdrop for meditation on each of the seven last utterances of Christ. This musical treasure has endured the test of time, remaining in the performance repertory for more than 200 years

Haymarket String Quartet
Rachel Barton Pine, violin
Jeri-Lou Zike, violin
Dave Moss, viola
Craig Trompeter, cello

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Medieval Music for Clavisimbalum

The instrument presented in this concert is the clavisimbalum , an early keyboard instrument and a medieval ancestor of the harpsichord in the fifteenth century. The program includes a wide range of repertoire of keyboard works, such as French and Italian music from Codex Faenza 117 and medieval dance music. You are warmly invited coffee and refreshments before the concert!

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Handel’s Messiah: Parts II & III

Join us for our second annual community sing of parts 2 & 3 of Handel’s Messiah. Two rehearsals take place before the performance which must be attended if you want to participate. The performance is open to anyone who would like to attend. Performance date and time are listed here; please visit our website for more details.

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The Harper and The Minstrel at the Florida Renaissance Festival

Massachusetts based Early Music duo The Harper and The Minstrel are celebrating Early Music Month in Florida with the March 10th release of their latest CD “Renaissance Dance and Romance” and performances every weekend at The Florida Renaissance Festival.

The Harper and The Minstrel are Jay and Abby Michaels. They both are singers and together they play well over a dozen traditional instruments including Harps, Recorders, Dulcimers, Psaltery, Flutes, Rebec, and Baroque Guitar.

The new CD features a delightful collection of Renaissance Dances and Love Songs played on an assortment of traditional instruments and sung in a variety of languages

Galician, Ladino, Italian, French, Haitian Creole, and English

The Harper and The Minstrel will perform March 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18 24 & 24 at The Florida Renaissance Festival, Quiet Waters Park, Deerfield Beach from 10am – sunset.  The Duo appears on The Phyfe & Fiddle Music Stage at 11:30, 2:30 & 5.  Also, at 10am every Faire day, on the same stage Jay Michaels directs “The Morning Music Consort”, a collection of Festival Musicians starting the day with Medieval and Renaissance tunes.


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