Portrait of Infanta Margarita in Blue Dress by Diego Velázquez
While Diego Velázquez was painting secular subjects for the court, musical artists were exploring the delights of what we now call secular music, and what in other cultures were called madrigals, chansons and carols (and not just for Christmas!) Tonos humanos of the late Renaissance allowed guitarists and poets of the early 17th c. the liberty of moving beyond traditional references to Mary and Christ in order to express earthly love in and for itself, just as Velazquez had left behind religious painting for courtly and aristocratic subjects.
The music for this concert is for five players and singers, intimate music for amorous ends and entertainments: Eric Smith on cello; Gregory Hamilton and Lane Redburn on theorbo (bass) and guitar; Heidi Klein and Katrina Burggraf-Kledas, sopranos; and Nicolas Garza, male alto. Among the works on the program will be music from Tous les Matins du Monde of Marin Marais.