Musica Pacifica (CALIFORNIA)
“Some of the finest baroque musicians in America.” American Record Guide
During the 17th and 18th centuries, an astounding range of musical styles, influences and cultural remnants co-existed in the British Isles. At the same time that the most fashionable continental musicians were transforming the cultural life of London, centuries-old Irish and Scottish culture was being preserved in the rural villages of the rugged northwestern outerlands, where Celtic languages are spoken to this day. Sophisticated composers and audiences began to grow accustomed to a blending of musical styles and idioms from across the British Isles and throughout the European continent.
This high-energy program of rousing folk and dance music from eighteenth-century England, Ireland and Scotland has something for everyone. Soulful tunes and merry jigs are juxtaposed with Purcell, Byrd and Locke. The music of Scottish composers such as James Oswald, “Red Rob” Mackintosh, and Niel Gow defies categorization. No matter your taste, this program will make you want to dance in the (a)isles!
Tickets $30; subscriber, senior, member and student discounts available.