BRATTLEBORO -- The newly renovated sanctuary of St. Michael’s Episcopal Church will be filled with the ancient and evocative sounds of cornetto, theorbo, soprano voice and harpsichord on Sunday, Aug. 4, at 4 p.m.
The early Italian baroque saw some of the most innovative and experimental music-making in history. Brattleboro native Nathaniel Cox is now bringing his new ensemble, In Stile Moderno, to delight his hometown with this elegant and virtuosic music.
In Stile Moderno was founded in Basel, Switzerland by soprano Agnes Coakley and cornettist and theorbist Nathaniel Cox in 2012 and is devoted to exploring the music of the "new style" that had its origins in late 16th century Florence and spread throughout Europe at the beginning of the 17th century. While principally focused on Italian music, the group also performs works from England, France and Germany.
Cox plays two instruments popular during the period: cornetto, a wooden horn wrapped in leather, with finger holes like those of a recorder; and theorbo, a kind of lute with an extended neck, making it ideal for bass accompaniment.
The program, titled "Un Concerto per Barberini," brings together music composed under the patronage of Cardinal Francesco Barberini, the nephew of Pope Urban VIII. One of the great patrons of the 17th century, Barberini employed the finest painters, sculptors, architects and musicians in Italy. This concert will feature the works of two of those musicians: Girolamo Frescobaldi and Johannes Hieronymus Kapsberger.
St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, 16 Bradley Ave., corner of Putney Road, is handicapped-accessible. Admission is by donation, with $15 suggested. For information, contact Doug Cox at 802-257-1024 or email@example.com.