As the repertoire employed in the field of Early Music is centered in the past, one may think of it as “dead” in the sense some have expressed in regard to mainstream classical music. It’s old, it never makes it into the news cycle and thus it has no relevance to the world as it is.
Anyone that has such an impression couldn’t be more wrong about Early Music. It’s not so much about historic literature as it is about instruments and performance, involving a wide range of interpreters worldwide that use differing strategies in realizing styles of the distant past, even to improvising, or rendering the relatively new in a more antique apparel.
Among the participants in this dizzying whirl of international creativity is David McCormick, founder of the Charlottesville-based Early Music Access Project, a rotating group of players that bring their talents to bear in intelligently designed programs to be presented in the Charlottesville area at various times throughout the year.
Mr. McCormick will be joining host Uncle Dave Lewis on the September 4th. 2017 Labor Day edition of The Early Music Show at 7pm for a discussion and demonstration of the vielle, a medieval fiddle.
His visit comes in advance of the first EMAP performance of the season, a benefit concert held September 7th at 7:30 pm at The Haven. This concert, presented under the rubric of “Those Who Wander,” will be held on behalf of the International Rescue Committee, a Charlottesville-based organization that provides assistance to people in flight from natural disasters and political conflict.
McCormick promises a program ranging from the thirteenth-century Cantigas de Santa Maria from the court of Spanish king Alfonso IX el Sabio to Bob Dylan; he will be joined by singers and instrumentalists Tracy Cowart, Brian Kay and Sian Ricketts. Please join us for this special Labor Day broadcast of The Early Music Show!
David “Uncle Dave” Lewis is the co-host of WTJU’s “The Early Music Show” which airs on Mondays between 7-9 PM.