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Special programming for 2017

Presented by Anne & Rob Burns as
A REASONABLE FACSIMILE

For the 2017 Collaborative Summer Library Program theme, "Build a Better World," our Renaissance music programs are intended to express cooperation, community and travel, through music of that period. These shows will be available from the summer of 2017 to the spring of 2018.

All programs feature replica Renaissance instruments and commentary about the instruments and music selections.

 

Children's Program
for Libraries, Schools and Community Centers

A Little Knight Music
The Tale of Finding Common Ground

Follow the adventures of a would-be knight as he searches for his own dragon. Anne & Rob Burns, the duo A Reasonable Facsimile, assume the characters of Tom Shortcut and his sidekick, Fawlter, who learn what it means to be a knight. The audience joins Tom and Fawlter in Renaissance songs about knights and dragons.

Anne and Rob present "A Little Knight Music," one of their most commended shows for young people. The personalities in the story transcend cultural and even species differences, starting as natural enemies but learning to appreciate each others' differences. The story seems quite fitting for 2017 Summer Reading Program theme, "Build a Better World."

A Little Knight Music Summer Reading Program page

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Concert for General Audiences
at Libraries, Festivals and Community Centers

Olde World Harmony

A Reasonable Facsimile, the duo Anne & Rob Burns, amazes the ears and the eyes by playing a plethora of replica Renaissance instruments including recorders, flutes, strings and percussion. Lively dance music and songs from 16th and early 17th century sources in Europe and the New World are highlighted in this cosmopolitan program, "Olde World Harmony."

Whether assimilated by traveling musicians or by their counterparts back home, the styles demonstrate that music was indeed becoming "the universal language." Listen to pieces by Anthony Holborne, William Brade, Michael Praetorius, Fabritio Caroso, Pierre Certon and others.

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OTHER ENSEMBLES

Canzonet
Concert for General Audiences
at Libraries, Festivals and Community Centers

Songs from
Cathedrals, Castles and Cottages

Canzonet goes international! The trio performs a concert of three-voice Renaissance songs and dances from England, Scotland, Germany, France, Italy, Poland and even the New World, sometimes in translation. The poignant "Innsbruck, ich muss dich lassen" (Innsbruck, I must leave you) and "Questi tuoi occhi ardenti" (These ardent eyes that burn me) are juxtaposed with the lighthearted "O lusty May" and "Dans notre village" (In our village). Canzonet alternates the songs with spirited dance tunes such as "Haiduk" and "Bransle" to round out this Renaissance Grand Tour.

In addition to singing, the members of Canzonet play Renaissance instruments including recorders, viola da gamba, guitar and percussion.

Canzonet page

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Old Oaks Renaissance Consort
Concert for General Audiences
at Libraries, Festivals and Community Centers

Olde World Harmony

This is an augmented version of A Reasonable Facsimile's concert, above. Anne & Rob are joined by 2 to 4 musicians to complete Old Oaks Renaissance Consort. The result is a wonderfully rich sound in 4 to 6 part versions of Renaissance music. Featured instruments are recorders, flutes, violas da gamba and lute.

Old Oaks Renaissance Consort page

Olde World Harmony flier

 

E-mail us for bookings and information
aburns@reasonablefax.com

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