February Newsletter from the Madison Early Music Festival.
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Greetings from the
Madison Early
Music Festival!

Concert Series Spotlight:
New York Polyphony

New York Polyphony's program Tudor City will present the music of the Church, featuring the sacred music of Thomas Tallis and William Byrd, Christopher Tye, and Walter Lambe. "A stunning tour through chant, polyphony and Renaissance harmonies," (Minnesota Public Radio) New York Polyphony's Tudor City spent three weeks in the Top 10 of the Billboard classical album chart. It has been featured on Danish Public Radio, American Public Radio, and NPR's All Things Considered.

New York Polyphony at MEMF 2016
Saturday, July 9, 2016 | 7:30pm
Mills Concert Hall, Humanities Building

Concert tickets will be available starting April 1, 2016.

New York Polyphony is regarded as one of the finest vocal chamber ensembles in the world. Their dedication to innovative programming, as well as a focus on rare and rediscovered Renaissance and medieval works, has not only earned New York Polyphony critical acclaim, but also helped to move early music into the classical mainstream.

We look forward to seeing the ensemble perform live this summer!

Red Priest Comes to Wisconsin Union Theater

Reminder to mark your calendars! British ensemble Red Priest offers a unique Handel concert on Saturday, February 27 at 8pm in Shannon Hall on the UW-Madison campus.

Red Priest will be offering its Handel in the Wind program, with music from Handel, Bach and Telemann. Click here to view the full program and to purchase tickets!

Field Trip to Early Music Now!

PLATO (Participatory Learning and Teaching Organization) has organized an Early Music Now field trip for Saturday, March 19, 2016.

Included on the itinerary is a stop at the Milwaukee Public Market, an Early Music Now Chocolate Reception and silent auction, and performance by Ensemble Constantinople. Reserve your space now by clicking here!

Get to Know Us

Doug Towne, a long-time MEMF participant, lives in Verona, Wisconsin, just minutes from Madison, with his wife Pat, a Golden Retriever named Daisy, and a whole bunch of stringed instruments.

"I play a few different lutes as well as renaissance guitar and theorbo," says the amateur lutenist, who also performs with the Madison-based early music singers who call themselves Eliza's Toyes.

Towne enjoys attending the Lute Society of America's summer seminar, but he says MEMF offers a unique opportunity.

"One of the great things about MEMF is that you get to play with all of the other instruments. At the Lute Society's seminar, it's pretty much just lutenists and singers," he says. "I come back (to MEMF) each year because it's great fun, and the people (both staff and participants) are really nice."

-text by Mary Ellen Bell
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