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Quia amore langueo:

The Song of Songs

in 17th-century Italy

Friday, October 28, 7:30 pm

Brattleboro Music Center


Saturday, October 29, 7:30 pm

Good Shepherd Watertown

Agnes Coakley Cox, soprano

Nathaniel Cox, cornetto and theorbo

Juan A. Mesa, organ

  

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Agnes Coakley Cox,

soprano

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Nathaniel Cox,

cornetto & theorbo

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Juan A. Mesa,

organ

Set me as a seal upon your heart. Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth. I am faint with love. With these and many more unforgettable images, the Song of Songs occupies a unique place in the Bible. Suffused with erotic imagery, yet historically understood in religious terms, it bridges the secular and sacred. In our fall concert, we will showcase 17th-century Italian settings of Song of Songs texts with the timbres of voice, cornetto, theorbo, and organ—the cornetto and voice intertwining as one in works for two sopranos. Complemented by instrumental works for theorbo, cornetto, and organ, these passionate and virtuosic works will make for an unforgettable evening.

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The English Orpheus:

The Musical Enchantments of Henry Purcell

Friday, March 3, 7:30 pm

Brattleboro Music Center


Saturday, March 4, 7:30 pm

Good Shepherd Watertown

And newly added! Sunday, March 5, 4:00 pm

St. Michael's Episcopal Church, Bristol, RI

(tickets available at the door only)

Agnes Coakley Cox, Sophie Michaux,

Corey Dalton Hart, Adam Simon, voices;

Nathaniel Cox, theorbo

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Agnes Coakley Cox,

soprano

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Adam Jacob Simon,

bass

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Sophie Michaux,

alto

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Nathaniel Cox,

theorbo

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Corey Dalton Hart,

tenor

If Orpheus charmed humans, animals, and even the gods of the Underworld with his lyre, then Henry Purcell, known as the “English Orpheus,” did the same for kings, queens, and commoners alike with his compositions. In his short thirty-six years, he created an astounding 850 works of music or more—and they still captivate and enchant us centuries later. Our spring concert will be an intimate evening of Purcell songs  that journey from the sublime to the irreverent and back again.

And please join us in a bonus concert

to mark All Souls' with our friends Seven Times Salt

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The Corners of the Moon:

Uncanny Music for Hallowmas

Saturday, November 5, 7:30 pm, Grace Episcopal Church, Amherst, MA

Sunday, November 6, 7:30 pm, St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Cambridge, MA

This delightful spooky program for the Hallowmas season depicts ghost encounters, witches’ dances, mad songs, fantastic beasts and more. You’ll hear ghoulish masquing tunes by Campion and Johnson, bizarre instrumental works by Picforth and Lawes, eerie tales of supernatural beings and fairy mayhem, and we’ll take a 17th-century trip to the Moon. We round out this unearthly program with our original settings of broadside ballads about Tom o’ Bedlam’s deranged exploits and the midnight antics of mischievous Robin Goodfellow. Will good magic win in the end?

 

Agnes Coakley Cox, soprano, percussion; Karen Burciaga, violin, guitar, voice; Dan Meyers, recorder, flute, cornamuse, percussion, voice; David H. Miller, bass viol, voice; Nathaniel Cox, theorbo, voice; Matthew Wright, lute, voice

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Our 2022–2023 concert venues:

Brattleboro Music Center, 72 Blanche Moyse Way, Brattleboro, VT 

Church of the Good Shepherd, 9 Russell Ave, Watertown, MA

Plentiful street parking is available; the church is also accessible via the 71 bus.

COVID policies

All adult audience members must be vaccinated and we recommend that adults and children over 2 wear well-fitting masks. Any unmasked performers will have had negative rapid tests. 

We will continue to monitor the public health situation carefully and, in partnership with our venues, may restrict audience size and/or enforce distancing and masking according to the current situation.