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October 6, 2009

More Mostly Medieval

Sunday October 4th’s edition of Derek Blackwell’s Mostly Medieval featured a knockout new recording of 14th century mass movements by Ensemble Organum. Why are we telling you now? Because it’s time you found out that every edition of Mostly Medieval (like most other shows on Bellevue Community College’s listener supported FM station KBCS) is available on line for 14 days after its live broadcast. You can even get MM via Facebook, so you can catch up on the latest gossip from your posse to the rousing strains of “gothic” polyphony, which is about as far from dainty and precious as music can easily be. This is KCBS’s pledge week, so you can support this rare window on the first 1000 years of western music by giving the station a call during next Sunday’s live broadcast from 6 to 7pm.  The number’s 425-564-5000.

Going to the Chapel

Seattle Academy of Baroque Opera

Seattle Academy of Baroque Opera

By special request of the cathedral management, Seattle Academy of Opera’s next workshop performance leaves its usual drably functional quarters in St. James Cathedral parish hall for the splendid environs of the cathedral Chapel. In honor of the setting, Stephen Stubbs and his fellow instructors eschew their usual secular repertory, offering among other ecclesiastical numbers one of Monteverdi’s loveliest church compositions (“Pulchra es” from the Vespers of 1610) as well as the first modern performance of “Anima peccatrice” (“sinful soul”), a luscious trio by Marco Marazolli, house composer to the arts-mad (and none too devout) Barberini popes of Renaissance Rome. The hour-long performance starts at 2pm. Suggested donation is $10. Get there early; the Chapel’s not a big room.

Shulamit KleinermanOff the charts

Until about 1800, most musicians got along just fine without being able to read music. They heard tunes they like, they learned to play them by ear, and then they improvised their own licks on them, alone or with others. Fiddler and viellist Shulamit Kleinerman is an expert at this art, and she wants others to be, too, so for six Wednesday evenings starting Wednesday October 14, she’s offering a workshop in Medieval Tunes and Improvisation at Dusty Strings in Fremont. Cost is $120, time 7:45 to 8:45; any melody instrument (violin, harp, flute, cornetto, shawm, contrabass rackett . . .) can play. Call the shop at 206-634-1662

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