Popes and nobles, friends and spouses, a cocky cook and a self-absorbed lover, public figures and people otherwise unknown but for a name revealed in an acrostic: just as a painted or sculpted image has the power to convey the spirit of an individual and connect the viewer to its absent subject, a song can evoke in us the emotions felt by musicians and listeners of the past.
The program was originally conceived as a musical complement to the exhibition The Renaissance Portrait from Donatello to Bellini (The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, December 21, 2011-March 18, 2012). In this reprised and refreshed musical program, Blue Heron offers a unique aural opportunity for listeners to enter the world of 15th-century Italian portraiture. Hear music from when, for the first time, European artists attempted to represent individual human beings in all their idiosyncratic glory, while remaining ever-conscious of the desire to idealize certain aspects of beauty or nobility.
Free pre-concert talk by Jodi Cranston (Boston University) at 2:15 pm.
Doors and box office open at 2 pm.
DON’T MISS THE SPOTLIGHT SESSION PRESENTED BY JODI CRANSTON ON JANUARY 10th, on Zoom at 7 pm.
Renaissance Portraits: paintings, sculpture & medallions
More information & tickets here.
Margot Rood, soprano
Sophie Michaux, mezzo-soprano
Jason McStoots, tenor
Aaron Sheehan, tenor
Sumner Thompson, baritone
Debra Nagy, recorder & douçaine
Kevin Payne, lute
Scott Metcalfe, fiddle & harp, artistic director
All concert dates, programs and personnel are subject to change without notice.
Ticket purchases are non-refundable.
Blue Heron is pleased to be participating in the Card to Culture program by extending free tickets to EBT, WIC, and ConnectorCare cardholders.
Instructions for claiming a ticket via your card may be found by locating Blue Heron on mass.gov’s list of Card to Culture Organizations for the Greater Boston Area
Doors open at 2:00 PM. If needed for mobility, use office entrance next to the playground on Garden Street; all others please use main entrance to the sanctuary.