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New Showcase for Old Music

August 9, 2010

On Saturday and Sunday August 20th and 21st, the sixth annual Seattle outing of l’Accademia d’Amore takes the PONCHO stage of Cornish College’s Kelly Hall. Created by Stephen Stubbs and Maxine Eilander as a training ground for aspiring performers of baroque opera, this year’s Accademia showcase presents 40-plus singers and musicians in a program of contrasting excerpts from the first 50 years of opera in Italy: works created for kingly and papal court entertainment on the one hand, for the rowdy commercial opera houses of Venice on the other.

Accademia students benefit from an intensive week of instruction from some of America’s finest baroque specialists, among them choreographer Anna Mansbridge, soprano Nancy Zylstra, and gambist Margriet Tindemans. For the first time there will be two performances of the workshop results, including scenes from Monteverdi’s Orfeo, Ballo dell’Ingrate, and Coronation of Poppea, as well as Galiagno’s Dafne (of 1608) and excerpts from Cavalli’s Calisto and Giasone and Rossi’s Orfeo, all from around 1650. Come help celebrate the debut of Cornish College’s new early-music program, and cheer the efforts of the professionals of the future.

7:00 pm Friday August 20 and 3:00pm on Saturday, August 21

Kerry Hall, 710 East Roy St  (Cornish Capitol Hill Campus)

Tickets $15, $10 seniors/students from Brown Paper Tickets or at the door. Further information: (800) 838-3006

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