The UCLA Early Music Ensemble presents:  Period Popular Music

May 21st, 2010 at 8pm

Powell Rotunda

Director: Rebecca Lord

Today when we want music in our lives we simply press play and music magically appears. We don't get out the fiddle, dust off the piano or start singing scales. Back in the old days, before electronics, music making was a vibrant part of everyday life. When the day's work was finished, people would gather to sing, play and dance. Live music was everywhere, and people of all classes and occupations clamored to be a part of it. This concert will bring  a sampling of early European "pop music," music that was written for the people and performed by them

Come and hear some of the popular songs of the past that are still full of vitality, great melodies, charm and beauty. You will get a taste of love songs, devotional songs, and a few surprises along the way. Among the selections will be works by Palestrina, Josquin and di Lasso, as well as selections from Purcell's Dido and Aeneas. You won't want to miss the mixture of fun and exquisite beauty from some of the greatest European composers of the 14th-17th centuries.

Hugo Aguayo, guitar
Timothy Aoki, violin
Ambroise Aubrun, violin
Anush Avetisyan, treble
Sam Baltimore, bass, cello
Kyle Black, bass
Zara Browne, treble
Phoebe Dinga, mezzo
Michael Elliott, bass
Alexandra Grabarchuk, mezzo, harpsichord
Laurel Haran, treble
David Harris, bass
Kyle Kaplan, cello
Arian Khaefi, tenor
Heather King, viola
Rebecca Lord, treble, violin
Anthony Maglione, tenor
Jeremy Mikush, mezzo, harpsichord
Mindy O'Brien, treble, violin, harpsichord
Boryana Popova, violin
Danny Sheu, viola
Marissa Steingold, treble
Lindsey Strand-Polyak, violin
Peter Yates, guitar

The Early Music Ensemble has been re-established this year after a nearly 20 year hiatus by Musicology Professor Elisabeth Le Guin with the help of the Herb Alpert School of Music.