Early music ensemble ¡Sacabuche! in world premiere of Venetia 1500

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At Sackville’s Brunton Auditorium on Sunday

¡Sacabuche! will give their world-premiere performance of Venetia 1500 at Brunton Auditorium in Sackville, N.B. at 8 p.m. on Sunday. It’s part of the Mount Allison Performing Arts Series in collaboration with the Sackville Festival of Early Music.

SACKVILLE, N.B. – Join the members of the early music group ¡Sacabuche! as they give their world-premiere performance of “Venetia 1500,” a one-of-a kind celebration of the richly diverse culture of Venice, Italy, at the turn of the sixteenth century. The ensemble will bring its unique sound to Brunton Auditorium (134 Main St.) at 8 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 29, in a concert presented by Mount Allison’s Performing Arts Series, in collaboration with the Sackville Festival of Early Music.

Inspired by an historic map, this multimedia presentation merges texts and images with music from the Venetian, Turkish, and Sephardic traditions. Works will be performed by the voices, sackbuts, organ, harp, theorbo, violins, and shawm of ¡Sacabuche!, with guest artist Suzie LeBlanc, all under the direction of Mount Allison professor Linda Pearse. Newly composed music by Mount Allison's Kevin Morse, as well as melodies and poetry from our own Maritime culture, will create a subtle dialogue between past and present.  

Originally formed at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, ¡Sacabuche! is fast emerging as a leading early music ensemble.  The group is known for its dedication to creative interpretations of early Baroque and late Renaissance masterpieces and for a willingness to explore multi-genre works. ¡Sacabuche! has toured extensively across North America, with recent performances in China.

On Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 4 p.m., Kevin Morse and Linda Pearse will present a Colloquium Musicum on the making of “Venetia 1500.” This Mount Allison Department of Music event will take place in Brunton Auditorium. Admission is free, and all are welcome to attend.

The “Venetia 1500” concert is only one of the wonderful events offered by the Mount Allison Performing Arts Series.  

“We are proud to introduce an exciting and enjoyable line-up of concerts,” says Performing Arts committee chair, Dr. David Rogosin. “Our 2013-2014 season will showcase a broad range of artists and musical styles — there's something for everyone.” Two more concerts round out the fall: the award-winning Cecilia String Quartet and the wildly popular a cappella vocal group Cadence, presenting our annual J.E.A. Crake concert. The winter term kicks off with Winnipeg taiko ensemble Fubuki Daiko, followed by the unique piano-accordion-percussion collaboration of Diorama, and ending with the virtuosic recorder quartet Flûte Alors!

Single tickets for "Venetia 1500" and Series subscriptions are available at the Mount Allison Bookstore and at the door. A limited number of free youth tickets (for ages four to 18) are available as part of the “Bring a Child Free” program; patrons who wish to take advantage of this offer are urged to place their orders as soon as possible.

For information and ticket inquiries phone 506-364-2662, e-mail performarts@mta.ca, or visit www.mta.ca/departments/PerformingArts/.

Organizations: Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University, Mount Allison Performing Arts Series Performing Arts committee

Geographic location: Venice, Italy, North America China Winnipeg

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