This year, the Festival plans to honor recently departed colleague and friend Edmund Battersby with a concert of works for fortepiano. Edmund was a good friend of BLEMF, ever since his featured performance at the 1995 festival and a CD recording the following year. The Festival is also thrilled to host a solo lute performance by the legendary Nigel North – his third Festival performance since his appointment to the Jacobs School of Music faculty in 1999.
Additional artists this year include recorder virtuosos Eva Legêne and Sarah Cantor with the Lanier Ensemble, as well as emerging ensembles, Forgotten Clefs: A Renaissance Band, Les Muses du Dauphin, and Opera Nova. The celebratioSns also include the annual Instrument Petting Zoo at the Bloomington Farmer’s Market, a great way for kids and families to get to know the amazing musical innovations of the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries. And, of course, we will be sure to include the popular “HPI goes POP” concert.
FREE EVENTS TO LOOK FORWARD TO:
Wednesday, May 25, 7pm | Farm Bloomington (108 E Kirkwood Avenue)
Les Muses du Dauphin: The Patriotic Muse
Dynamic Period Performance of Music in the Early Modern Era
Enjoy a leisurely performance by a new ensemble, while sampling early Hoosier cooking and recipes!
Co-directed by Dawn Kalis, Sarah Cranor, Sarah Huebsch, and Christina Lynch with Kelsey Schilling
*Reservations for dining at this event can be made by contacting Farm Bloomington.
Thursday, May 26, 7pm | Serendipity Martini Bar (201 S College Avenue)
HPI Goes POP!
Pop music in early music style with guest soprano Sharon Montgomery, directed by Brady Lanier, and featuring members of Gamma Ut.
Friday, May 27, 7pm | Monroe County Court House Rotunda
Forgotten Clefs: A Renaissance Band, directed by Charles Wines
Song of Songs: A concert including a cornucopia of Renaissance wind instruments: dulcians (Renaissance bassoons), shawms (Renaissance oboes), and recorders.
Saturday, May 28, 10am-1pm | Bloomington City Hall Atrium (401 N Morton Street)
Instrument Petting Zoo and Pop-Up Performances in Early Music
Performed by members of Gamma Ut and curated by Eric Fisher
Saturday, May 28, 2pm | First Presbyterian Church (221 E Sixth Street)
Music of Nicholas Lanier and Family, performed by Brady Lanier, Eva Legêne, Sarah Cantor, and others.
Saturday, May 28, 7pm | First Presbyterian Church (221 E Sixth Street)
A Concert in Memory of Edmund Battersby
Performances of quintets for piano and winds by both W. A. Mozart and Beethoven, featuring pianists Hsuan Chang and Mike Lee.
Sunday, May 29, 2pm | St. Thomas Lutheran Church (3800 E Third Street)
Capriccio: A Concert by Nigel North
Music for lute by Sylvius Leopold Weiss
Sunday, May 29, 7pm | First Presbyterian Church (221 E Sixth Street)
A Musical Tour of Seventeenth Century Italian Cities and Courts, directed by Reynaldo Patino and Charles Wines
* A preview of the ensemble’s performance at the 2016 Berkeley Early