• Sun, Feb  26,
    11:30 am - 6:00 pm

February 26, 2017

This year the SPCMs Early Music Day presents a musical romp with some old Renaissance friends. The instrumental music is taken from Michael Praetorius’ collection of dances entitled Terpsichore. (During the Renaissance era, Terpsichore was the muse associated with the art of dancing.) The collection is based on French dance repertoire of the time, although some of the tunes come from elsewhere, for example England. In addition to instrumental music we will explore and perform some spirited vocal music with instrumental accompaniment.  These will include several familiar and delightful English madrigals including, “Sing We and Chant It,” “Come Sirrah Jack Ho,” and others. These will function as “dance songs” in our afternoon performance.

We will be focusing on creating a crisp performance of these beloved dance tunes and madrigals. We will focus on dexterity, clarity, and rapid-fire instrumental variety with a little improvisation thrown in for good measure. All voice types and all instruments are welcome.

Instrumental Repertoire all collected by Michael Praetorius (1571-1621):

Courante 1
Courante 2
Bouree 1
Bouree 2

Vocal / Instrumental Repertoire:

Come Sirrah Jack Ho by Thomas Weelkes (1576 – 1623)
Sing We and Chant It (A lieta vita) Englished by Thomas Morley (ca. 1557 – 1602)
The Silver Swan by Orlando Gibbons (1583 – 1625)

Directed by Lutenist Phil Rukavina.
Vocal coaching by Sarah JacksonThis early music workshop will be focusing on dexterity, clarity, and rapid fire instrumental variety with a little improvisation thrown in for good measure. All instruments are welcome. We will be including three “dance songs” for the singers to sing on the program.

Music is available in PDF format. Download this music for the day to prepare. Early Music Day 2017 music

Sunday, February 26st
11:30 am Registration
12:00 pm Rehearsals
2:00 pm Break
2:15pm Rehearsals
3:15pm Tutti rehearsal
4:40 pm Break
5:00 pm Concert

The event will take place at Landmark Center, 75 West Fifth Street, St Paul.

prukavinalargeformatPhillip Rukavina, Festival Director, has performed nationally and internationally as a lute and vihuela soloist, ensemble performer, and as a continuo lutenist. He has appeared at many early music festivals including the Utrecht Early Music Festival (2013) and the Boston Early Music Festival (2015). Phillip is a founding member of the Venere Lute Quartet and has performed with many prominent ensembles and individuals, including the Newberry Consort, the Rose Ensemble, the Texas Early Music Project, sopranos Dame Emma Kirkby and Ellen Hargis, and many others. Phillip has served on the faculty and directed the Lute Society of America’s Summer Seminars and the Lute Program at the Amherst Early Music Festival. Phillip studied lute with Patrick O’Brien while attending Sarah Lawrence College in New York and with Hopkinson Smith at the Academie Musical in Villecroze, France and in Basel, Switzerland. In addition to his many ensemble recordings, Phillip has three highly acclaimed solo recordings to his credit, including his Studio395 release, Music from the Casteliono Lute Book 1536 (2010). Phillip also serves as the current President of the Lute Society of America.