Upcoming Online and In-Person Events for the 2023-2024 Season

Online Seminar Series for Fall 2023

Zoom seminars start at 7:30pm Eastern Time, with a meet and greet beginning at 7:15pm. Each of the seminars include an historical lecture and an opportunity to play music that is sent in advance to all who register. Seminars are priced at $30 each.

Seminars presented by Rotem Gilbert

  • September 18, 2023 - In A Woman’s Voice: Musical Settings of Poetry by Christine de Pizan and an Anonymous Poet. The poem Dueil angoisseus (“Anguished grief”) by Christine de Pizan and the anonymous Comme femme desconfortée (“Like a woman inconsolable”), set the text in the voice of a woman whose lover has been taken by Death. Gilles Binchois’ popular rondeau Comme femme desconfortée, is one of the most famous 15th- century chansons, and was given an elaborate setting by Alexander Agricola and a Mass by Henrich Isaac. We will explore and play portions of this music. This will be presented by Rotem Gilbert, PH.D., Professor of Practice, Early Music and Musicology, Vice-Dean, Research and Scholarly Studies Division, USC Thornton School of Music.

    She is known for her high energy, enthusiasm, humor, precision and good musical taste. She will challenge you, educate you and make everything fun.
    –Dan Bloomberg

  • October 16, 2023 - Isabelle d’Este, Patron of Music and Art. A true Renaissance lady, the Marchese of Mantua, Isabelle d’Este enjoyed a humanist upbringing, learning how to sing, dance, play and instrument and converse in Greek, Latin and Italian. To celebrate Isabelle d’Este’s patronage of musicians and composers, we will explore music written by her music teacher, Johannes Martini, Italian frottele by her court composers Bartolomeo Tromboncini and Marchetto Cara, and the rondeau Prenez sur moi by Johannes Ockeghem that is engraved on the wall of her music room. This will be presented by Professor Rotem Gilbert.

Seminar presented by Jessica Valiente

  • November 20, 2023 - The Music of Frederick the Great presented by Jessica Valiente. Stay tuned for details to follow

Visit the registration page to register for the seminars

In-Person Irish Musical Traditions Concert for 2024

Rehearsals on Thursdays in January and February 2024. Concert on Saturday, March 2, 2024.

For more information see the concert’s event page

In-person Studio for the Exploration of Baroque Music for Recorders in Consorts

Meetings are on the second Saturdays of the month, January through June 2024.

Details and Registration are available on the Consort Studio event page

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If you have any questions, please email me at recorderdonna@gmail.com


Donna Messer, President

Grant funding has been provided by the Middlesex County Board of County Commissioners
Through a grant award from the Middlesex County Cultural and Arts Trust Fund.