Critic’s Choice

Tue Mar 29, 2016 at 12:29 pm


Miller Theatre is not only located uptown, it is the leading venue for the “uptown” side of musical modernism. Less well known is that it also plays an important presence on the early music scene, bringing in leading ensembles from around the world to play music at the foundation of the modern.

Next Sunday the visitors will be from France: Vincent Dumestre and his spectacular Le Poème Harmonique. Besides musical talent and style, two things make this group special. It integrates instruments and voices as a standard configuration, and, secondly, its repertoire goes beyond Monteverdi, Lully, and Charpentier, and deep into secular music of 16th and 17th century France and Italy. For this concert at the American Academy of Arts & Letters, the ensemble will perform their airs de cour program, songs of courtly and unrequited love.

Le Poème Harmonique performs airs de cours at the American Academy of Arts & Letters, 3 p.m. Sunday, April 3.

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