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2/27/2017 6:37:00 PM
Spanish poet's words come to life for In Mulieribus
Federico García Lorca’s Canción de las siete doncellas was the inspiration for Kingsbury's composition.
Federico García Lorca’s Canción de las siete doncellas was the inspiration for Kingsbury's composition.
Craig Kingsbury
Craig Kingsbury


7:30 p.m., March 3 and 4

At The Old Church, 1422 SW 11th Ave., Portland

Get tickets at http://go.sentinel.org/2l1SDYh or at the door.

In Mulieribus’ anniversary celebration continues with a concert of impassioned Renaissance madrigals by Monteverdi, Barbara Strozzi, Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, Thomas Morley, Palestrina, Orazio Vecchi and Luca Marenzio, alongside the world premiere of a new work by composer Craig Kingsbury, Canción de las siete doncellas(Song of the seven maidens), commissioned for In Mulieribus' tenth anniversary.

Theorbist Hideki Yamaya will join In Mulieribus in the beautiful Old Church located in downtown Portland for the two Madrigalia! concerts, Friday and Saturday, March 3 and 4.

"I feel greatly honored to have been commissioned to compose a piece celebrating the 10th anniversary season of In Mulieribus,” says Portland-based Kingsbury. “When I stumbled upon Federico García Lorca’s Canción de las siete doncellas and read the lines, “The seven maidens are singing…Soul with seven voices…” I felt that this poem was destined for this group of singers”

Kingsbury says that compositionally, his original plan was to incorporate some elements characteristic of early Renaissance music (e.g., fauxbourdon, imitative polyphony, Landini cadences) combined with more modern harmonic language. “But the poem drew me in a different direction,” he says. “I abandoned any thought of specific techniques, and instead concentrated on writing music to reflect the text, including a bit of deliberate word-painting. And, despite a conscious effort not to make the music sound ‘Spanish,’ I couldn’t seem to keep a few suggestions of flamenco from creeping in. The end result is quite different from what I originally intended, and now I just hope it is something the singers and audience will enjoy."

A post-concert reception will follow each concert. And, all are invited to join In Mulieribus in singing a few madrigals in a sing-along. Music will be available at the event.

Please bring a donation of new bedding (sheets, blankets, etc.), still in the package, to the Madrigalia! concert for In Mulieribus’ Season 10 nonprofit partner Lutheran Community Services Northwest, which supports refugee resettlement in Portland.

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