Concordia Consort

Concordia performing

L-R: Nouri Newman, Brian Warnock, Eileen Cecelia Callahan, Sheila Beardslee

The performance schedule for Concordia Consort.

El Siglo de Oro (The Golden Age)

Doug Freundlich lute

Guest Artist for this concert:
Douglas Freundlich, lute

Concordia Consort presents a rich program of Spanish music titled “El Siglo de Oro” (The Golden Age).
This concert program actually covers several “golden” eras, beginning with the Medieval melodies from the convents at Las Huelgas and Montserrat and traditional Sephardic songs, rooted in a time when Christians, Moors and Jews lived together peaceably.

From the Middle Ages, we leap to songs from the “Cancionero de Palacio” (housed in Madrid’s Biblioteca Real) by the 15th-century acclaimed poet/playwright/musician, Juan del Encina. This manuscript, dedicated to the Catholic Monarchs, holds several hundred short works, mostly in Castilian, with 63 attributed to Encina. Most of these follow the popular villancico form, some with melancholy tunes about lost love, others with a “devil-take-them-all” stance.

Next we are on the trail of composers who followed Encina into the 16th century. These include a nonsense song about a spinner, Josquin’s delightful parody of a Spanish singer in the choir at Milan, and a joyful Easter hymn.

At last we venture into the 17th-century with the beautiful French chanson “Doulce memoire” and a set of Diego Ortiz’ divisions on that melody, a lute improvisation on the popular ground “La Monica”, a battle between dueling recorders, and an invitation to a knock-out block party.

Friday, October 30, 2015 at 8 PM
Private House Concert (Lexington MA)

Friday, November 6, 2015 at 8 PM
Private House Concert (Wayland MA)

Sunday, November 8, 2015 at 4 PM
Wakefield Opera House Series

2 High Street, Sanbornville NH. 
with guest Barry Lockard, harpsichord

Friday, November 13, 2015 at 8 PM
Calvary Methodist Church

300 Massachusetts Avenue in Arlington, MA.  Directions.
Suggested donation $15, $10 st, sr, early music society members.

Sunday, November 15, 2015 at 3 PM
Trinity Episcopal Church (Parish Hall)

81 Elm Street in Concord, MA.    Directions.
•  Please enter at River Street doors.
Suggested donation $15, $10 st, sr, early music society members.



Teares of a Sorrowful Soul

Chorales and psalms for the Lenten season from England, Italy & Germany.
Mystery, passion, anguish and more.
Works of Byrd, Bull, Wilbye, Scarlatti, Pedersøn,  Pachelbel, Buxtehude, Bach & others.
Guests Alan Karass, recorders & Eileen Cecelia Callahan, soprano.

Performances in Jamaica Plain and Arlington, MA.


Les Dames de Paris — November 2014

A musical exploration of life, love and the ladies of Renaissance France. Guest soprano Eileen Cecelia Callahan joins Concordia’s recorder quartet, Sheila Beardslee (director), Nouri Newman, Brian Warnock and Henia Yacubowicz.

With lovelorn, love-struck and love-sick chansons by Dufay, Binchois, Josquin, Compere, Lassus, Manchicourt and LeJeune, we celebrate the ladies of Renaissance France — the shepherdess, the kitchen maid, the noble lady, and the Heavenly Queen, as well as their beaux loved from afar or in a raucous embrace. Instrumental settings and dances complete the program.

Performances in Newton and Medford, MA and in Sanbornville NH.


The Glory of Shakespeare — June 2014

Concordia Consort joined Youth pro Musica (Robert Barney, director) for The Glory of Shakespeare, YpM’s 2014 Spring Concert. The choristers sang works from Shakespeare’s texts and time by Morley, Purcell, Vaughan Williams, Willcocks and others. Concordia Consort played instrumental works by Byrd, Weelkes and Bevin plus a suite of toe-tapping Gervaise bransles. Together the two ensembles performed 20th-century works by Dyson and Stanford. Saturday, June 7 & 14 at Eliot Church, 474 Centre Street in Newton.

The performances were outstanding! These young singers filled Eliot Church with their beautiful voices. Bravo, YpM!

L-R: Sheila Beardslee, Henia Yacubowicz, Brian Warnock

CD release: Ay, me! Ohime!

Ay, me! Ohime! is a program of English and Italian music from the 16th and 17th centuries. Guest soloist Eileen Callahan, soprano, sings three pieces with us.  Works of Holborne, Este, Morley, Byrd, Dowland, Tye; Trabaci, Gesualdo, Macque, Palestrina, Bertalli, Alessandro Scarlatti.

Order yours now: $15 each or 2 CDs for $25 plus $3 shipping.
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Recorded at Trinity Episcopal Church, Concord MA.  Produced by Winchester Labs.

Early Music Boston - © Sheila Beardslee