30th Anniversary Season

Upcoming Concerts

May 2016

Harmony of the Spheres
A musical adventure in space and time with Renaissance vocal quartet Les Canards Chantants
Special thanks to the Paul M. Angell Foundation

Saturday, May 14, 2:00pm at Conwell Dance Theater, Temple University, Philadelphia
Saturday, May 14, 7:00pm at Conwell Dance Theater, Temple University, Philadelphia

Philosophers and mathematicians of old believed that music reflected the cosmos and that the sun, moon and planets emitted their own unique song. This multimedia performance will be a feast for eyes and ears alike.

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Past Concerts

October 2015

Renaissance Favorites
Celebrating 30 years of music with special guests Adam and Rotem Gilbert, Eric Andersonand George Hoyt.
This concert is dedicated to the memory of Tom Zajac, beloved Piffaro member since 1989.

Friday, October 2, 7:30pm at Trinity Center for Urban Life, Center City Philadelphia
Saturday, October 3, 7:30pm at St Paul’s Episcopal Church, Chestnut Hill Philadelphia
Sunday, October 4, 3pm at Christ Church Christiana Hundred, Greenville DE

Selections from Piffaro’s favorite programs from three decades of music making.
A wonderful introduction to the variety and beauty of Renaissance music.

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December 2015

Christmas in Germany
A monumental Renaissance Christmas with Tempesta di Mare and Choral Arts Philadelphia
Special thanks to the Presser Foundation

Friday, December 18, 8pm at Cathedral Basilica of Ss Peter and Paul, Center City Philadelphia
Saturday, December 19, 8pm at Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia
Sunday, December 20, 3:30pm at Ss Andrew & Matthew Episcopal Church, Wilmington

Philadelphia’s premiere early music ensembles come together to recreate a joyous Advent Vespers as it would have been celebrated in Dresden in 1619, with music by Michael Praetorius, Heinrich Schütz, and Samuel Scheidt.

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March 2016

Mummer’s Delight
Birds, beasts and battles with Mark Jaster & Sabrina Mandell

Friday, March 18, 7:30pm at Trinity Center for Urban Life, Philadelphia
Saturday, March 19, 7:30pm at Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia
Sunday, March 20, 3pm at  Ss Andrew & Matthew Episcopal Church, Wilmington

Piffaro deploys its full panoply of instruments while Mark Jaster and Sabrina Mandell, artistic directors of Washington DC’s Happenstance Theatre, employ the ancient arts of clowning, mime, and physical theater. This whimsical performance will charm audiences of all ages.

“…always presented with the utmost of technical dexterity and interpretive panache.” - Chestnut Hill Local [read review] “This was an ensemble event, but Priscilla Herreid deserves special mention for her lively, perfectly pitched evocation of the nightingale.” - Broad Street Review [read review] “Descending passages in Vecchi’s Il cocodrillo geme mimicked the slithering movements of the crocodile. Appropriately enough, this set also introduced the flattened s-shaped instrument called the lizard or lyserden, a tenor cornett with a foggy yet pleasing sound.” - Delaware Arts Info [read review] Concert Info Buy Tickets