España Ascendant: Spanish Music from the 13th through the 17th Centuries
Armonia Nova and the Suspicious Cheese Lords present a joint concert exploring the musical byways of Spain across the centuries, from the 1200s to 1600s.
The concert explores the musical byways of Spain from the 1200s, when the Iberian Peninsula consisted of competing realms, to the rise of a powerful Spanish state and its musical Golden Age. It features repertoire from the medieval period (Cantigas de Santa Maria, Llibre Vermell de Montserrat), the transition to the Renaissance (Cancionero de Palacio, Juan de Anchieta), through the Siglo de Oro (Tomás Luis de Victoria, Luz y Norte).
About Armonia Nova
Armonia Nova is a D.C.-based ensemble of instruments and voices. Its members perform European medieval and Renaissance music on instruments that are re-creations of historical instruments, applying scholarship and informed historical performance practice. Members of Armonia Nova strive to achieve an historically authentic performance with the desire for the listener to hear this remote yet remarkably beautiful music as it might have sounded when it was newly created.
About The Suspicious Cheese Lords
The Suspicious Cheese Lords was founded by Clifton “Skip” West in 1996, and was composed by a core group of five amateur singers, friends who were current and former members of the Cathedral Choral Society. Since then, the Cheese Lords have consisted of between 10 and 15 members, and they have been able to prepare and perform high-quality and heart-felt music throughout the Washington, D.C. area.