2019-20: The Year of the Woman

Welcome to our 33rd season of the BEST in early music! Guest directors! A new collaboration with PIFFARO, the Renaissance Wind Band! New venues! And, by popular demand, a New Mexican Christmas program! 

2019-20: The Year of the Woman

Welcome to our 33rd season of the BEST in early music! Guest directors! A new collaboration with PIFFARO, the Renaissance Wind Band! New venues! And, by popular demand, a New Mexican Christmas program!

Season Overview

Up Next

A MEXICAN CHRISTMAS 
DECEMBER 6, 7, 8

A wholly fresh and original holiday concert, A Mexican Christmas celebrates the exuberant and diverse musical traditions of Mexico.

THE MARCHESA: ISABELLA D’ESTE
FEBRUARY 7, 8, 9

In February, the Consort joins with Piffaro for a program of Italian frottole that flourished at Isabella’s behest in Mantua in the late 15th-century.

THE MISTRESS: MADAME DE POMPADOUR 
MAY 8, 9, 10

Guest directed by acclaimed oboist Debra Nagy, this program explores Madame de Pompadour’s singular life through instrumental and vocal chamber music from 18th-century France.

THE EMPRESS: MARGARITA TERESA
OCTOBER 18, 19, 20

The season opens with a program featuring operatic excerpts and instrumental music composed in honor of the young Empress Margarita Teresa of Spain.

Season Overview

Up Next

A MEXICAN CHRISTMAS 
DECEMBER 6, 7, 8

A wholly fresh and original holiday concert, A Mexican Christmas celebrates the exuberant and diverse musical traditions of Mexico.

THE MARCHESA: ISABELLA D’ESTE
FEBRUARY 7, 8, 9

In February, the Consort joins with Piffaro for a program of Italian frottole that flourished at Isabella’s behest in Mantua in the late 15th-century.

THE MISTRESS: MADAME DE POMPADOUR 
MAY 8, 9, 10

Guest directed by acclaimed oboist Debra Nagy, this program explores Madame de Pompadour’s singular life through instrumental and vocal chamber music from 18th-century France.

THE EMPRESS: MARGARITA TERESA
OCTOBER 18, 19, 20

The season opens with a program featuring operatic excerpts and instrumental music composed in honor of the young EmpressMargarita Teresa of Spain.

For our Year of the Woman, we focus on three women who used their political, social, and financial connections to promote musical culture in their circles. Although none of these three performed or composed to a significant degree, their influence as patrons was invaluable and guided the course of musical innovation in untold ways.  

Join us to celebrate the power of women!