Imagine a world where elegant melodies, amazing rhythms and thrilling improvisations blend into a musical experience that defies the boundaries of ʻpopʼ or ʻclassical.ʼ The Glory of the Renaissance comes alive in the sparkling performances of Renaissonics.
Internationally acclaimed for their artistry, virtuosity, and improvisations, Renaissonics performances blend chamber music, dance music and improvisations in programs that are a delight for all audiences. Renaissonics’ newest program “Such Stuff As Dreams” is an enchanting voyage though the Renaissance imagination where the fantasies and genius of the age of Leonardo, Galileo and Shakespeare come alive through their music.
Renaissonics will perform on Sunday, Feb. 21, at 4 p.m. at the Unitarian Church, 26 Pleasant St., Newburyport, the second of four concerts in the 2016 Jean C. Wilson Music Series.
Renaissonics includes John Tyson on recorders, crumhorn, pipe and tabor; Laura Gulley on violin and viola; Daniel Rowe on cello; and Miyuki Tsurutani on harpsichord and recorders. The group performs on handcrafted Renaissance violin and cello, eight sizes of recorders (up to six feet tall), crumhorns, pipe and tabor, and a gorgeous hand painted Italian harpsichord.
Renaissance musicʼs expressive freedom derives partly from the musicʼs being written completely without barlines. This allows each player the freedom to speak with their instruments like a storyteller; a true musical democracy where each voice is equal and free to tell their own individual story all the while intertwining with the other voices in a lush tapestry of sounds that are at once endlessly complex and stunningly beautiful.
Come in out of the cold and be transported back in time.
The Jean C. Wilson Music Series is named for one of the founders and the director of the music series for 28 years. Now, under the auspices of the First Religious Society Unitarian Universalist Music Committee, the Music Series typically offers three or four concerts held during the winter months.
Suggested donations are $20, $10 for seniors, children and students free. For more information about the concert go to frsuu.org/jean-wilson-music-series or call 978-465-0602 x401.