Please note: The below information pertains to the 2017 Madison Early Music Festival. Feel free to browse these sections in order to learn more about our annual week-long program.
Information on the 2018 Madison Early Music Festival will be added as it becomes available.
The Festival Concert Series includes four individual concerts featuring MEMF guest ensembles, a Participant Concert showcasing consorts that have been coached throughout the week by MEMF faculty and the culminating All-Festival Concert presented by participants, faculty and guest artists. Evening concerts are preceded by a 6:30 pm lecture. All concerts and lectures take place in or near the UW-Madison Mosse Humanities Building (455 N. Park Street, Madison, WI).
Concert tickets cost $20 General, $10 Students, and Festival Passes cost $90.
Note: All MEMF Concert Series concerts and lectures are free for participants in the MEMF Workshop. There is a $4 transaction fee per ticket when purchasing online or by phone.
Saturday, July 8, 2017, 7:30 pm, Mills Concert Hall at UW Mead Witter School of Music (455 N. Park Street)Cervantes' Don Quixote, regarded as the first truly modern novel, explored an emerging sense that humans have a central role to play in the universe. This iconic work provides the narrative arc of Piffaro's program, The Musical World of Don Quixote, which offers a musical parallel, taking listeners into the sound world of the Spanish Golden Age. Piffaro recreates the "soundtrack" to one of the best stories ever written with the help of a star-studded roster of special guests: Nell Snaidas, soprano; Glen Velez, percussion; Charles Weaver, guitar; Erik Schmalz, sackbut and the men of The Rose Ensemble.
Sunday, July 9, 2017, 7:30 pm, Mills Concert Hall at UW Mead Witter School of Music (455 N. Park Street)
Tuesday, July 11, 2017, 7:30 pm, Mills Concert Hall at UW Mead Witter School of Music (455 N. Park Street)
Festival workshop participants perform in ensembles that have been coached by faculty artists throughout the week of the Festival. There is no pre-concert lecture. Admission is free.
Friday, July 14, 2017, 7:30 pm, Mills Concert Hall at UW Mead Witter School of Music (455 N. Park Street)
Vocal and instrumental music flourished in Spain at the dawn of the Renaissance period. Under Habsburg rule in the sixteenth century, Spain reached the pinnacle of its influence and power, and both King Charles V and King Philip II had long reigns that would give rise to a flowering of native Spanish culture. The music composed during this time - and the musicians hired to play it - was of an exceptionally high quality and would help elevate Spain out of anonymity and into what we now call the Siglo de Oro, or Spanish Golden Age. The program Splendors of the Spanish Renaissance will feature intimate canciones (popular tunes with poetic texts), joyful villancicos (songs with rustic themes) and virtuosic instrumental pieces drawn from over 450 works in the Cancionero Musical de Palacio, a manuscript at the Royal Palace of Madrid, which exemplifies the glorious music from the Golden Age of Spain.
Saturday, July 15, 2017, 2:00 pm, Music Hall at UW-Madison (925 Bascom Mall)
Participants from the Advanced Loud Band Intensive and the Early Opera & Continuo Workshop perform a program of works by Tomás Luis de Victoria, Francisco Guerrero, and several cancioneros plus scenes from La púrpura de la rosa by Tomás de Torrejón y Velasco. Admission is free. There is no pre-concert lecture.
Saturday, July 15, 2017, 7:30 pm, Mills Concert Hall at UW Mead Witter School of Music (455 N. Park Street)