In Stile Moderno returns to local area
BRATTLEBORO- Boston-based early music ensemble In Stile Moderno returns on Friday, November 15, at 7:30 pm for the first concert of its 2019–2020 season, with “Come Again: Lute Songs of John Dowland and his Contemporaries,” a concert of songs for lute and four voices from early 17th century England.
Motivated by a desire to experience the music of John Dowland as it would have originally been performed, the ensemble’s founders, Brattleboro native Nathaniel Cox (lute) and Agnes Coakley Cox (soprano) invited Boston-based singers Sophie Michaux, Corey Dalton Hart, and Adam Jacob Simon to form a four-voice ensemble for this concert. Together, the singers have worked to integrate the use of historical pronunciation of English (the “accent” that would have been heard in the London of Shakespeare’s time) into their singing, and to read from a facsimile of the original sheet music - which requires the four singers to sit around one table.
The songs, interspersed with several lute solos performed by Cox, range from melancholy to light-hearted and fantastical.
In Stile Moderno was founded in 2012 and is dedicated to making rarely-heard works of the 17th century accessible and relevant to modern audiences.
The concert will be held at the Brattleboro Music Center, 72 Blanche Moyse Way. Tickets are $20/$10 and are available at instilemoderno.com or at the door.