From Darkness into Light: Music in the Aftermath of War

This program pays homage to the effects of the Thirty Years War on composition and culture in seventeenth-century Germany. The program illuminates the music of lesser-known wartime and postwar composers: the refugees Heinrich Grimm and Andreas Hammerschmidt; the British immigrant William Brade and his close multi-instrumentalist colleague Johann Schop; the controversial Johann Rosenmüller; Johann Vierdanck, star musician of the Dresden court; and Johann Rudolph Ahle, whose style directly influenced Bach and the subsequent high Baroque. All of these composers are intimately connected: driven from city to city by sickness and war, brought together by extraordinary musical abilities, their music creates a bright path that leads us through and beyond a period of impenetrable darkness.


EXILE explores the influences of Italian, German, and eastern European music and Jewish culture, highlighting Jewish musicians, the non-Jewish composers they influenced, and composers who inspired innovations in Jewish composition. Featuring composers such as Rossi, Vierdanck, Monteverdi, and others, this program highlights the mutual influences of the early modern European Jewish experience, breaking down preconceptions of Jewish music and culture and exploring the implications of diaspora on Jewish artistic legacy.


Incantare presents music from 16th and 17th century Ducal Prussia. During a time of great political maneuvering, religious conflicts, and the solidification (and breaking down) of world powers, musicians continued to make art in their own shifting populations throughout what we now know as Germany and Poland. Incantare explores this music, which has far outlived those who rose and fell from power so many years ago, in an intimate concert for violin, sackbuts, solo voice, and organ.


Incantare presents the trombone in all its glory! With four trombones, violin, voice, and continuo, our program demonstrates the versatility and warmth of the trombone in music from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.