Musica Pacifica

A Highland Dance (detail), David Allan (1780). National Galleries of Scotland.

April 8, 2018 | Sunday 3:00 p.m.
Grace St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 2331 E. Adams St., Tucson, Arizona

“Dancing in the Isles” presents a merry journey through the Baroque and traditional folk and dance music of Scotland, Ireland and England. During the 17th and 18th centuries, while the most fashionable continental musicians like Handel were transforming the cultural life of London, centuries-old Irish and Scottish (as well as English) culture was being preserved in rural villages. The rhythmic vigor and melodic liveliness of traditional music appealed to the sophisticated London audiences as an emblem of their native culture; the collision of this rich repertoire with the new Italian and French music made for a fascinating mix of high and low, exotic and local. Composers and audiences began to grow accustomed to a blending of musical styles and idioms from across the British Isles and throughout the European continent.

Since its founding in 1990, Musica Pacifica has become one of America’s premier Baroque ensembles, with numerous lauded recordings and performances throughout the world. This program features the illustrious talents of sought-after early music players: Judith Linsenberg, recorder and whistle; Shira Kammen and Ingrid Matthews, Baroque violins; Gretchen Claassen, viola da gamba; Charles Sherman, harpsichord; and Peter Maund, percussion. Enjoy traditional Irish and Scottish folk tunes, dance suites from the English theater, Jacobean masque music, trio sonatas by Scots Oswald and McGibbon, as well as Purcell’s famous “Three Parts upon a Ground” with Musica Pacifica’s spirited players.