CASTILLE TO SAMARKAND
Saturday, April 2, 2022, at 7:30 PM - Christ Church Cathedral

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PERFORMERS

Accademia del Piacere, ensemble
Fahmi Alqhai, Dir.

Constantinople, ensemble

Kiya Tabassian, Dir.

The 15th and 16th centuries have been described as “The Golden Age of Spanish music”, but they were also prolific periods for musicians in the Persian courts and throughout the Ottoman Empire. This journey from Castille to Samarkand brings into dialogue the music of the Spanish renaissance with Persian/Ottoman masterpieces taken from manuscripts unearthed in monasteries and palace libraries, such as Topkapi.

“Constantinople’s three instrumentalists provided expert backing and between-the-lines commentary, as well as an intriguing East-meets-West quality suggested by the juxtaposition of the gamba and the Persian instruments.”

The New York Times

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PROGRAMME

The programme will be released in the week leading up to the concert. 

PROGRAMME NOTES

The great masters of the Spanish Renaissance created their own signature of polyphony. Into what was essentially Franco-Flemish music of the time they wove influences left by the monodic tradition such Cantigas de Santa Maria and also by the Moors and the Muslim cultures so present in medieval Spain. During this time, the courts of Tamerlan, Shah Ismail and Sultan Suleyman in the East, welcomed and trained some of the most remarkable musicians, composers and theoreticians to grace the pages of the musical history of these regions.   

This journey from Castille to Samarkand with Constantinople and Accademia del Piacere brings into dialogue the music of the Spanish Renaissance with Persian/Ottoman masterpieces taken from manuscripts unearthed in monasteries and palace libraries such as Topkapi. 

In collaboration with Fahmi Alqhai, one of the great virtuosos of the viola da gamba, and his Accademia del Piacere, the leading ensemble of early Spanish music, Constantinople embarks on a musical journey through Iberia, Persia, and Central Asia, revisiting music notable for its sumptuous color and exceptionally rich beauty. 

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PURCHASING TICKETS

Tickets for the Pacific Baroque Series concerts at the Cathedral can be purchased:

 

GETTING TO CHRIST CHURCH CATHEDRAL

Parking Information

The Cathedral is located on Quadra Street at Rockland Avenue. 

Street parking is available on Quadra Street, Burdett Avenue, and Rockland Avenue, as well as at the south entrance to the Cathedral off Burdett.