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In 1636 Nicolò Fontei, a Venetian musician published the second book of songs for one, two and three voices with continuo entitled Bizzarrie Poetiche poste in musica. These songs reflect the spirit of one the most luminous Venetian musical circles of the time – at the home of Giulio Strozzi. The songs are dedicated to Barbara Strozzi, and Giulio himself provided the poetry.

In 1637 Giulio Strozzi created an academy, the Accademia degli Unisoni, designed to exhibit his daughter's talents to a wider audience.

The songs by Fontei, Strozzi, Sances, Monteverdi, and poetry by Giulio Strozzi and others, are the sources of inspiration for this program - a recreation of a meeting in one of the Italian 17th century Accademie.

Elisabeth Belgrano, voice

Elizabeth Ronan-Silva, voice

Laury Gutiérrez, viola da gamba

Susan Patrick, harpsichord


Saturday, August 27,

7:30 pm

Keller Hall, University of New Mexico , Albuquerque

Entrance: $10/7/3

Sunday, August 28,

7:30 pm

125 N. Guadalupe Street

(corner of Guadalupe and Johnson Streets,

1 block west of the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum)

Santa Fe , NM . 87501

(505) 954-4025

Entrance: $15 at the door

Monday, August 29,

8 pm

Hemmle Recital Hall , Texas Tech University, Lubbock

Entrance: free admission

All concerts presented by Caprock Early Music Association & The Society for the Honestly Curious

All proceeds from the concerts benefit

Caprock Early Music Association.

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Elisabeth Belgrano has specialized in baroque singing since 1992. She has trained with some of the most eminent instructors and performers of early music, including Jessica Cash, Jill Feldman, Emma Kirkby, Agnès Mellon, Jakob Lindberg, and Stephen Stubbs. In 2000 she was awarded a Master of Fine Arts in Music at Göteborg University in Sweden with an emphasis in baroque performance. Ms. Belgrano has performed and recorded with various vocal ensembles in Europe including the Stuttgarter Kammerchor, Collegium Vocale, and La Chapelle Royale.

During recent years, Ms. Belgrano has dedicated her career to research and creation of concerts inspired by women and salons in Europe during the 16th & 17th centuries. One of the programs,  'Eclatante Amarante – a portrait of the French singer Anne Chabanceau de La Barre (1628-1688)' is the results of research carried out at Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris, while invited as a guest at Centre Culturel Suédois (SI), and it was recorded in 2003.

She has performed with Santa Fe Pro Musica, as well as the Albuquerque Baroque Players in New Mexico , and has been invited to perform at various venues in Europe and in the United States , including a concurrent event at the Boston Early Music Festival in 2001 and a special invitation to the Bloomington Early Music Festival in 2004.  (

Elizabeth Ronan-Silva, is noted for her “delightfully clear fresh singing” (Opera News) “rich voice… deepening embodiment” and “canny use of her wide dynamic range,” (San Francisco Classical Voice).  She performs a broad range of repertoire that spans multiple styles including renaissance and baroque, contemporary and country.    She has performed with various early music ensembles including Teatro Lirico, reconstruction, Company of Strings, Lizzy and the Theorboys, and is a founding member of the Camerino Band. Elizabeth now resides in Lubbock Texas , where she teaches voice and performs with the Symphony and local ensembles.

Laury Gutierrez is the founding director of La Donna Musicale. She is a specialist in Early and Contemporary Music written by women composers as well as Renaissance Spanish Music. She holds soloist viola da gamba and Early Music Historical Performance Practice degrees from Indiana University and Longy School of Music and College of Saint Scholastica . She received a scholarship from the Venezuelan government, and two fellowships and a President's scholarship from Boston University , where she did doctoral work in Historical Performance. Ms. Gutierrez has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in South and North America . She has toured the United States with the Abbey Minstrels and Concentus and has played under the direction of Thomas Binkley, Monica Huggett and John Holloway. Ms. Gutierrez has been a featured Guest Artist-Lecturer at Northeastern University , Harvard University , Brandeis University and the University of Rhode Island . She has recorded with La Donna Musicale, WGBH and WHRB radio, and for the film "Simon Bolivar."

Susan Patrick has been teaching music history and harpsichord at the University of New Mexico since she completed her doctoral work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill .  She also holds a degree from Newcomb College of Tulane University.  She’s a founding member of and the keyboardist for the Albuquerque Baroque Players, a quartet consisting of Baroque oboe/recorder, Baroque violin, viola da gamba, and harpsichord.  ABP’s guests have included Marilyn McDonald, Kathleen McIntosh, Margriet Tindemans, Anna Marsh, Thomas O’Connor, Chase Morrison, Elisabeth Belgrano, and others; in addition, the ensemble has performed with Michael McCraw.  Ms. Patrick has played with the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Albuquerque, Santa Fe Pro Musica, the Desert Chorale, and a variety of chamber groups as well as with her colleagues at UNM.


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