2014/15 Season: The Language of Love

language_of_love_300pxEarly Italian baroque music featuring the Theorbo

With Madeleine Owen, guest Theorbo player

Saturday, January 31, 2015, 8:00 p.m.
Knox-Metropolitan United Church
2340 Victoria Avenue

Tickets are available at Cobb Swanson Music and Bach & Beyond.
Adults: $25 / Students & Seniors: $20

‘Theorbo’ is an anglicized form of the Italian word ‘tiorba’, which was a colloquial name for a large instrument of the lute family.

Saskatchewan has many period baroque performers, and it is with great delight that we feature Madeleine Owen in our series. We are pleased to have Madeleine return to Regina and perform in the city in which she grew up. Early Italian composers, such as Scarlatti, Monteverdi and Dall’Abaco will be performed; her featured Theorbo solo, a piece by Giovanni Kapsberger.An open lecture on Thursday, January the 29th, at 7:30pm at Knox- Metropolitan United Church will be offered by Madeleine for anyone who wants to further their knowledge about baroque practice; and, more specifically, the history of the Theorbo. She will also lecture at the University and perform at some of the public schools in Regina.

The Language of Love concert will also feature sopranos Kerri Cornish Morton and Tanya Bergen, with Jon Achtzehner, Countertenor, expressing the language of love through the human voice.

headshot_madeleine_owenMontréal-based musician, Madeleine Owen performs regularly on the lute, theorbo and baroque guitar, specializing in both solo and continuo playing. She is artistic director of the Montréal based early music group, La Cigale. She can be heard in concert series such as the Montréal Symphony’s Virée classique, Orgue et couleurs, the Lamèque, Montréal and Boston early music festivals and with groups such as ¡Sacabuche!, La Nef, Les idées heureuses, Appassionata Chamber Orchestra, Hélios Baroque Opera (Boston), the Toronto Masques Theatre and the Central City Opera (Colorado). In 2013, her self-produced CD, Tiorba Obbligata, featuring a programme of rarely-performed Italian repertoire for theorbo obbligato, was nominated for a Prix Opus (Québec concert music awards). She recently worked as assistant to music director, Timothy Nelson for the COSI production of Monteverdi’s l’Incoronazione de Poppea in Sulmona Italy. Madeleine Owen has been featured on local and national television and radio as well as on National Public Radio in the United States. She has been recorded on the Productions XXI label and on several independent labels.