Dordt College News

Musica Antiqua coming Saturday night

January 21, 2003

If you’ve never heard a hurdy-gurdy, zink or sackbut, have we got a treat for you!

Musica Antiqua, a professional touring ensemble that creates unique music with 12th to 17th century replica instruments, will be performing at Dordt College on Saturday, Jan. 25, at 7:30 p.m. in the B. J. Haan Auditorium. Musica Antiqua

Dressed in costumes of the Renaissance and Middle Ages, the performers recreate music and dance from that period. Instruments demonstrated range from the gentle lute or gemshorn to the raucous bladder pipe or tenor schawm, including the krummhorn, hirtenschalmei, rauschfeife and the gamba.

Iowa's longest performing early music ensemble, Musica Antiqua was organized in 1967 and has received Touring Grants from the Iowa Arts Council every year since 1971. No other musical group in Iowa has received comparable support for this length of time. Beginning with four recorders and a krumhorn, the huge instrument collection is now valued in the six figure range.

All of Musica Antiqua's members are, or have been, teachers. After performances the audience is encouraged to come onto the stage to ask questions, examine instruments more closely, and even to play some. Each concert is placed in its historical, sociological, and cultural settings. Compositions programmed range from sophisticated florid solo songs to bawdy Jacobean ballads.

There is no charge to attend the program, which is supported, in part, by a grant from the Iowa Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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