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Free! Music in the Pavilion: Les Canards Chantants

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  • The University of Pennsylvania's Music Department and the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts are proud to present a jointly sponsored music series for the[masked] year: Music in the Pavilion. Taking place in the beautiful sixth-floor Class of 1978 Orrery Pavilion in Van Pelt Library, the series showcases an array of professional and international musicians, performing not only gems from standard concert repertoires, such as the piano works of Chopin, but also premiering works found only in the wealth of materials—print and manuscript—held in the Kislak Center's collection. 

    "Sex, Drugs, and Madrigals" with Les Canards Chantants

    Performance is free. Must show photo ID at entrance. Registration for this concert will open in January 2017.

    Join us at 6:15pm for a discussion led by Penn faculty and graduate students prior to the concert.

    About Les Canards Chantants: 

    Les Canards Chantants was founded in 2010 at the University of York, where the members were pursuing degrees in solo-voice ensemble singing and historical performance practice. Its debut project, an exploration of the dramatic possibilities of the Venetian madrigal, culminated in a sold-out concert at the National Centre for Early Music as part of Baroque Day. In 2012 the ensemble was awarded the Vice Chancellor’s Gold Award for outstanding contribution to the life of the University.

    Les Canards Chantants has performed in venues as diverse as York Minster, Soest Cathedral, The National Centre for Early Music, the London Salters Hall, Paxton House, Poole’s Cavern, Hardwick Hall, the Scarborough Rotunda, and Ripon Cathedral. In July 2013 the ensemble undertook its first concert tour abroad, bringing a programme of grand Tudor polyphony to historic venues in York, Leeds, Cologne, Troisdorf and Soest.

    Les Canards Chantants has gained a reputation for finding and airing little-known Renaissance vocal music, and for bringing all of its repertoire to life through excellent musicianship, innovative programming and presentation. Co-directors Robin and Graham combine their fluency in issues of historical performance practice with an ongoing commitment to making early music relevant and accessible to modern audiences.

    Les Canards Chantants is also in demand to collaborate on historical research. It has appeared on BBC One Countryfile singing in the Rushton Triangular Lodge, designed performances to exploit unique and historic venues, recorded newly-discovered works from facsimile, and given lecture recitals at conferences on medieval and Renaissance studies. Most recently, the ensemble collaborated with the National Trust and the Centre for Renaissance and Early Modern Studies to create a video of the music decorating the famous Eglantine Table at Hardwick Hall.

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    These type of artists can be so edifying and entertaining. I love when groups like this take contemporary issues and events and satirize them in the style of their idioms of expertise.

    September 4

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