“The Dinner Party”  is an ensemble gathered around a dinner table singing as after dinner entertainment in a salon setting. The only woman we know of in the Italian baroque to achieve some level of fame in her time and who was NOT a nun was Barbara Strozzi.  Her part songs for 3-6 voices are complex, soaring, and wondrous to behold. We pair her with a teenager of the Renaissance, composer Vittoria Aleotti, who wrote a set of 18 madrigals at the age of 14. Vittoria’s father published them after she entered her local convent. Part-songs by Rebecca Clarke and Fanny Mendelssohn act as amuse-bouches throughout the evening. With Catherine Liddell and Charles Iner, theorbos and baroque guitars, Na'ama Lion, flute, Nancy Hurrell, harp, and Mike Williams, percussion.

Due to COVID-19 this concert has been cancelled. 

7 p.m., Saturday, May 16, Eliot Church, 474 Centre Street, Newton MA 02458

5 p.m. Sunday, May 17, St. Paul's Church, 15 St. Paul Street, Brookline, MA 02446

PO Box 600100
Newtonville, MA 02460
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Amelia LeClair is a Resident Scholar at Brandeis University's Women's Studies Research Center

Cappella Clausura's programs are sponsored in part by grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Newton Cultural Council and the Boston Cultural Council

as administered by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Cappella Clausura is a member of the Greater Boston Choral Consortium

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