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Les Canards Chantants: Dowland’s Table

1/26/17 8:00pm to 9:30pm
Peterson-Kermani Performance Hall

Les Canards Chantants will perform Dowland's Table. Dowland’s Table invites audiences to experience this music as it would have been enjoyed in Dowland’s time: seated around the table alongside the musicians of Les Canards Chantants, with the intimacy and spontaneity of a gathering of friends making music for pleasure. In this context, the music comes alive and the beauty and charm of the words arises naturally out of the atmosphere in the room.

Les Canards Chantants is an American solo-voice ensemble performing renaissance polyphony, and known for their ‘elegant vocalism’ (Philadelphia Inquirer), ‘brilliant and moving programming’ (Early Music America) and ‘liveliness and theatricality’ (Boston Musical Intelligencer).

Founded in England while co-directors Robin and Graham Bier pursued their postgraduate graduate degrees early music, Les Canards Chantants made its debut in 2011 with a sold-out concert at the National Centre for Early Music in York, UK. The ensemble’s American debut at the 2015 Boston Early Music Festival Fringe, performing its now signature staged Italian madrigal program Sex, Drugs & Madrigals, was hailed as ‘some of the best Gesualdo and d’India you are likely to hear’ (Early Music America). Since then, the ‘Singing Ducks’ have established a home concert series in Philadelphia, USA, where they are Ensemble in Residence at Glencairn Museum, and have appeared in concert across the east coast, including collaborations with period instrument ensembles Piffaro and ACRONYM.

Les Canards Chantants has gained a reputation for daring presentation in concert, and for engaging with the most unusual repertoire from the Renaissance. They have appeared on BBC One Countryfile singing forbidden sixteenth century catholic polyphony, starred in a music video about the famous Eglantine Table at Hardwick Hall, received an Early Music American Outreach Grant for their immersive polychoral program and workshop 1.500 Surround Sound, and are working with Brown University and the Chemical Heritage Foundation on a new digital edition and recording of seventeenth century German musical-alchemical emblem book Atalanta Fugiens by Michael Maier.

To learn more about this group, visit their website. If you’d like to hear their music, go here. To read more about Les Canards Chantants' performance of Dowland's Table, their website provides much information.

Free admission. Open to the public.