Airs Friday, December 28 at 12:00 noon Please join host Peter Van De Graaff as he guides you through music of the 16th and 17th centuries by composers such as Michael Praetorius, Thomas Ravenscroft, Elizabeth Poston, Stephen Paulus, Herbert Howells, J Heinrich Schütz, Giovanni Gabrieli, Claudio Monteverdi and Peter Cornelius, among others. Brass instruments have long been associated with ceremony and celebration. Ubiquitous in Renaissance court pageantry, their connection to royalty and wealth lent an air of respectability to any occasion. Courts and churches capitalized upon the exalted status of brass instruments, flaunting their virtuoso players and composers in order to enhance their reputations.
Airs Tuesday, December 18 at 12:00 noon A rhythmic and regal retelling of the Christmas story. The Rose Ensemble reawakens the ancient with sacred songs and lively dances for the season from Renaissance Spain. In La Nochebuena, The Rose Ensemble explores the great variety of music that filled the royal court of Ferdinand and Isabella, and flooded the chapels and streets of Renaissance Spain. Serene choral music from 16th-century masters is balanced with spirited cantigas for solo voice and harp. Spanish-language villancicos from court and countryside, and lively dances for vihuela, harp and percussion. Now in its 16th season, the Rose Ensemble reawakens the ancient for the holidays. Bring your listeners this rich variety of seasonal music, beautifully performed and recorded. The Rose Ensemble will transport them to a time and place when the sacred met the earthy in celebration of the season. The program is hosted and produced by public radio veteran Tom Crann and the Rose Ensemble’s founder & artistic director Jordan Sramek.