“Fabulous music and dance in a magical setting.”

–Lorraine Graves

Online events August 16-21 // Plymouth, MA

Epics and Odysseys

You are invited to join us for Early Music Week Online! We are delighted to share with you a variety of exciting events led by our wonderful faculty, please scroll down to see the full schedule.

All evening events are at 8pm EDT. Please register here to be sent the Zoom link – you only need to register once and can then use the same link to attend any of the events. All events are open to all, so please share this with your friends. There is no charge to attend, but we will have a voluntary collection to support our wonderful and dedicated faculty.

If you are on Facebook, please join our community group to connect with other campers and share memories.

EventDate & Time
(all times EDT)
Faculty LectureAugust 16
Ottoman and Turkish Music from the 18th-20th century
What is a Samai? How does music in a 16/4 measure pattern sound like? Who was Prince Dimitri Cantemir and how did he change history of Ottoman Music? Have you personally played or hummed with Kudüm, Kanun,Tanbur and Ud before?
Join Daphna Mor for some history, theory, and music listening (or playing/ humming* -music is instrumental , but singable 🙂 ).
*If you plan to play prepare your melody instruments (440, treble clef) or percussion instruments. scores will be shared on screen.
Morning Warm-upsAugust 17
By popular request! Morning warm-ups led by Francie Fitch.
Madrigal Sing & Play AlongAugust 17
Join us on Monday evening to sing and play favorite madrigals together. Early Music Week faculty will present madrigals with all the parts covered so we can all join in singing and playing together from home. Music will be provided in advance in PDF format; sing or play whichever part strikes your fancy!
Faculty LectureAugust 18
Pilgrims’ Progress: Music of the Plimoth Colony Settlers
2020 marks the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower’s sailing, and the newly restored Mayflower II has just come back to Plymouth! Dan and Karen of Seven Times Salt will give a lecture with musical examples following the passengers from their homes in turbulent 1590s England to religious refuge in the Netherlands, and onward to the unfamiliar shores of New England. Contrary to what the history books tell us, the Plimoth colonists, or “Pilgrims” as they were later called, were a diverse group of Separatists and Anglicans, religious zealots and irreverent opportunists from many walks of life, and they brought with them experiences of music as varied as their reasons for coming to the New World. We’ll discuss music of the Elizabethan tavern and theater, songs by Thomas Ravenscroft, Dutch tunes, the Ainsworth Psalter, and (of course) Playford’s English Dancing Master.
Presented by Dan Meyers and Karen Burciaga
Faculty LectureAugust 19
Audible Visions: The poetry of Vittoria Colonna illuminated by music
Sarah Mead, Anney Barrett, & Michael Barrett
How three elements – the words of the poet, the polyphony of the composer, and the sounds of the instruments – came together in one project.
Three Pinewoods EMW teachers describe the journey that led to the recording of Pietro Vinci’s “Sonetti Spirituali” with illustrations, poetry, and videos of their concert.
Faculty ConcertAugust 20
Early Music Week faculty will present a variety of live and pre-recorded performances.
Open Mic NightAugust 21
Part skit night, part camper concert, part show and tell. Have you been practicing Van Eyck in quarantine? Learning to juggle? Making a multi-track video of Spem in Alium from your closet? Writing poetry? Share it with all of us at Open Mic Night.
If you would like to contribute, contact Emily O’Brien (emily@emilysdomain.org) with the details so we can sort out the logistics in advance. Acts may be performed live in the moment or pre-recorded, but should be kept under 3 minutes.
Campers performing at Early Music Week