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Dates:Friday, March 31, 2023 - Friday, March 31, 2023
Ages:Kids, Teens, Adults
Cost:Free see below
Category:Music & Concerts
This concert features 17th-century French-language sacred songs composed primarily for women by Catholic priests as part of the Catholic Reform, initiated during the sixteenth century in response to the Protestant Reformation.

Initially, sacred songs were used primarily to teach women of all classes about the fundamentals of Catholicism as a means to prevent the spread of Protestantism and to facilitate a deeper spiritual experience.

They could also be sung during recreational hours or used for private devotion in domestic settings, salons, classrooms, or private chapels.

Sacred songs were composed in popular song forms, either tunes already in circulation with secular texts replaced by religious lyrics or newly composed songs by notable composers like Bertrand de Bacilly, Michel Lambert, and André Campra.

This beautiful repertory, never heard in performance before, features songs for one, two, and three voices accompanied by basso continuo, violin, and flute.

Professor Catherine Gordon will provide commentary of the repertory during the concert.

Camila Parias, soprano
Miguel Cabrera, tenor
Cynthia Mathiesen, Baroque violin, viola da gamba
Na’ama Lion, Baroque flute
Laury Gutiérrez, viola da gamba
Katherine Shao, keyboards

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Eaton St, Providence, RI, 02908 map
Phone: (617) 461-6973

Ryan Concert Hall, Smith Center for the Arts
Providence College, Providence RI


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