Period Music a Highlight of 27th Medieval & Renaissance Forum

April 19th, 2006 by Adam

Plymouth State University will host the 27th annual gathering of medieval and Renaissance scholars on campus Friday and Saturday, April 28 and 29. Two special programs will add to the festivities.

Friday from 8:30 – 10 p.m. Celtic musician Jodee James will perform, singing ancient tales that she says “combine my love of times past, with the mystery of lore, tradition and emotion.” Singing on ageless themes of love, loyalty, longing and mystery, with a voice that is touching and intimate, Jodee conjures the very essence of tradition, whether of this century or many centuries before us. Nobles, shepherds, lovers and dreamers, birds as messengers and inspiring heroes all come to life in Jodee’s music.

The performance, which will be held at the Hartman Union Building multipurpose room, is open to the public free of charge.

performersSaturday entertainment features Seven Times Salt, an early music chamber ensemble from Cambridge, Mass. Their specialty is the English consort repertoire of the 16th and 17th centuries. During the Renaissance in England, any group of instruments that played together as an ensemble was called a “consort.” Every ensemble was different in part because, unlike the instrumental music of later eras, music of the Renaissance very rarely specified an instrument to be used for the performance. Composers simply wrote the music, and let the musicians decide what to play it on.

Members of the consort say, “In our own repertoire, we strive to cover the water front, from Morley to Matteis and everything in between, including not just English music, but other popular music from around Europe … with instruments such as vielle, cittern, bagpipes and percussion.” The group’s name is taken from Shakespeare’s Hamlet, but refers in a broader sense to the “melancholie musick” that was popular in Elizabeth’s court.

The entertainment is part of the Medieval Feast, which will be held at Heritage Commons in Hall Residence Hall on Highland Street. Some tickets may be available for the public.

For information on Forum programs, contact Associate Director of the Forum. Matt Rolph, at 535-3253 or via e-mail at