A COMMON THREAD a journey through time with the Catacoustic Consort
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
The Mercantile Library hosts a collaborative event with concert:nova, the city's most innovative chamber music group, and the Catacoustic Consort, its award-winning Early Music ensemble. A Common Thread will be performed on March 17 at 3:00pm and March 18 at 7:00pm.
The Cincinnati Shakespeare Company will also participate, in a program that features music for old and new instruments, all inspired by the works of William Shakespeare. With the Bard's text as a unifying theme, Catacoustic and concert:nova embark on a journey through time, taking audiences from the earthy world of the Renaissance to the startling avant-garde of today.
“A Common Thread's” program was created by artistic directors Ixi Chen of concert:nova and Annalisa Pappano of Catacoustic, to engage listeners in music from different ages bound by the same text and theme. "It's a new way of listening," says Chen. "The transparency and texture of the early instruments invite one to lean in closer, while modern instruments will easily envelope the listener." Adds Pappano, "The organic quality of the lutes and viols (performed as Shakespeare would have heard them) contrasts with modern interpretations of his enduring work."
Members of the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company will provide dramatic readings linking the music. Compositions by Shakespeare's contemporaries, like Thomas Morley, Anthony Holborne, and the beloved Anonymous, will be performed by Catacoustic, including acclaimed soprano Youngmi Kim. And more recent composers who also did homage to the man and his works, like Korngold, Rorem, and Stravinsky, will be presented by the artists of concert:nova. A highlight of the program will be a dramatic, one-woman interpretation of "The Tempest" by Jennifer Joplin. It will feature music for that play written by Shakespeare's personal collaborator Robert Johnson, and the 2004 Pulitzer Prize-winning setting by contemporary composer Paul Moravec.