Period Music on the Agenda April 25 & 26

April 1st, 2008 by Adam

29th Medieval and Renaissance Forum at Plymouth State University

PLYMOUTH, N.H. — Plymouth State University will host the 29th annual gathering of medieval and Renaissance scholars on campus Friday and Saturday, April 25 and 26.

Two special programs will add to the festivities.

Friday from 8–10 p.m. The Ken Pierce Baroque Dance Company will perform examples of Baroque Dance—ballroom and theatrical dance of France, other Western European countries and their colonies during the late 17th and early 18th centuries. The program, which will be held at the Hartman Union Building multipurpose room, is open to the public free of charge.

Saturday 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.

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 beginning at 6:30 p.m. A ticket is required. Log on to www.plymouth.edu/medieval for information.

For general information on Forum programs contact Forum Director Naomi Kline at (603) 535-2280 or via e-mail to nkline@plymouth.edu.