2013–2014 Subscription Series

Piffaro-Oct-2013

Concert 1: Return of the Pipers!

This all-Piffaro program showcases our legendary instrumentarium and versatile musicians, in music from French, Flemish and English composers from the late 15th through the mid 16th centuries. The winner of Piffaro’s 2013 recorder competition, Martin Bernstein, joins the ensemble, blending his recorder sound with the group, and thrilling all with his virtuosity and fine musicianship.

Concert Program
Program Notes

Friday, October 18, 8pm
Trinity Center for Urban Life

Saturday, October 19, 8pm
Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill

Sunday, October 20, 3pm
Christ Church Christiana Hundred

Piffaro December Concert

Concert 2: Drive the Winter Cold Away

Celebrate the sacred and secular sounds of the season with your whole family. From lively English carols, Flemish tunes, and French noels, this program will showcase seasonal favorites from both sides of the channel. The incomparable soprano Laura Heimes blends her glorious sound with Piffaro’s instruments, and cornettist Kiri Tollaksen adds her masterful playing on this colorful early wind instrument.

Concert Program Program Notes

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Friday, December 27, 8pm

Trinity Center for Urban Life

Saturday, December 28, 8pm
Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill

Sunday, December 29, 3pm
Christ Church Christiana Hundred

Piffaro March Concert

Concert 3: The Band and the Bard

“Hark, hark! The lark at heaven’s gate sings…” Celebrate the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth with a concert program woven around the many wonderful musical moments in the Bard’s work –  a lively, audience-friendly spring program of old English ballads, instrumental fantasies, and country dances. Expect to hear favorites from our 2009 recording Waytes: English Music for a Renaissance Bandincluding works by Robert Jones, Thomas Bateson, John Mundy, Clement Woodcock, and William Byrd.

Special pre-concert event
At 7PM Priscilla and Grant Herreid will discuss their recent experiences performing in Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre’s period productions of Twelfth Night and Richard III on Broadway. Come early to learn what it’s like to provide musical accompaniment to actors like Mark Rylance and Stephen Fry, to perform in hose by candlelight, and whether the Belasco theatre really is haunted.

Program Notes

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Friday, March 28, 8pm
Trinity Center for Urban Life

Saturday, March 29, 8pm
Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill

Sunday, March 30, 3pm
Christ Church Christiana Hundred

Piffaro May postcard front

Concert 4: Prisoners & Penitents

Since time immemorial, scoundrels and innocents alike have sought forgiveness, justice, and even immortality through song.  Piffaro prepares a musical paean to these miscreants and maladroits with highly entertaining ballads, chansons and airs, with lively dances thrown in on the side. We welcome mezzo-soprano Maren Montalbano, whose voice has been hailed as “the kind of passionate outcry that pulls opera audiences out of their seats.”
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Friday, May 16
TWO SHOWS! 7:30pm and 10:00pm
Eastern State Penitentiary

Saturday, May 17, 8pm
Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill

Sunday, May 18, 3pm
Christ Church Christiana Hundred