The Winged Lion and the Unremembered Sea
Sunday, November 11, 2018
Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd
231 North Church Street
Rocky Mount, NC
Heartland Baroque presents The Winged Lion and the Unremembered Sea, a program telling the story of Venice with the sounds of its most renowned 17th-Century musical masters, and in the words of famed humorist Mark Twain. Selections from The Innocents Abroad, published in 1869, chronicle Twain’s time in Venice as he journeyed through Europe with a group of Americans. Juxtaposed against this is the baroque period, when Venice is the veritable musical capital of Italy and is often considered one of the most alive and artistically innovative cities in the entirety of Europe. Venice’s baroque musicians paint the landscape of the city with vivid and sacred colors. Twain’s inventive (and often wry) descriptions of her gondoliers, churches, ancient bridges, art and piazzas give tender testimony to Venice’s cultural significance. Take an imaginative and compelling walking tour of Venice with Mark Twain as our 19th-Century guide, hand-in-hand with the most-revered Venetian composers of the 17th-Century: Claudio Monteverdi, Giovanni Battista Fontana, Alessandro Grandi, Dario Castello, and Biagio Marini. Heartland’s guest artist, celebrated countertenor Charles Humphries, will be featured in texts of Mark Twain and in works honoring Venice and the Blessed Virgin Mary, Venice’s “protector of the waters.”
Bound by a passion for playing instrumental music of the 17th and 18th-Centuries, Heartland Baroque is an ensemble made up of early music specialists from all over the United States. Its members, Martie Perry and David Wilson, baroque violins, Keith Collins, dulcian, Barbara Krumdieck, baroque cello, and Billy Simms, theorbo, hail from North Carolina, Indiana, California, and Maryland, and often perform together in other well-known historically-informed period instrument ensembles around the country. Heartland Baroque dives into the 17th and 18th-Century Baroque musical world with vigor, showing off the immediacy and technical brilliance, the vivacity and profundity, the lilt, complexity, and spontaneity of its composers. Most recently Heartland Baroque completed a residency they were awarded at the esteemed Avaloch Farm Music Institute, and were featured in concert as part of the 2018 North Carolina HIP Music Festival. They have also performed concert tours in North Carolina, and have presented fringe concerts at the Boston and Berkeley Early Music Festivals as well as for the Early Music Festival for Grace. The group’s debut CD, The Benevolent Monarch, will be released in 2018.