Piffaro, The Renaissance Band

Sunday, February 27, 2022, 4 p.m.
Corpus Christi Church

Six-member Renaissance wind band with guest artist

Plus Oultre: The Musical World and Legacy of Charles V 

Charles V—Holy Roman Emperor, King of Spain, and Lord of the Netherlands—was a celebrated patron of the arts throughout his kingdoms. Piffaro, whose co-directors Joan Kimball and Robert Wiemken received Early Music America’s 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award, plays loud and soft winds, plucked instruments, and percussion. They perform music by composers of Charles V’s era: Heinrich Isaac, Alexander Agricola, Josquin des Prez, Christóbal de Morales, and Francisco Guerrero.

“The ensemble brought zest and allure to everything, whether they were sending streams of air through penetrating shawms, mellow sackbuts, beguiling bagpipes or delicate recorders. They evoke the period in all its exuberance, charm and spiritual depth.”—Plain Dealer

Run time: 80 minutes, no intermission.

This concert is sponsored, in part, by Deborah Malamud.

The virtual program becomes available on Sunday, March 6, 4 p.m. ET and remains viewable until March 20.

No post-concert Q&A: Members of Piffaro were unavailable for the planned Q&A. Carefully made travel plans were disrupted on Sunday, delaying their return to Philadelphia from a residency at Florida State University.

Artist Bios and Program

Piffaro, The Renaissance Band delights audiences with polished recreations of the rustic music of the peasantry and the elegant sounds of the official wind bands of the late Medieval and Renaissance periods.  Its ever-expanding instrumentarium includes shawms, dulcians, sackbuts, recorders, krumhorns, bagpipes, lutes, guitars, harps, and a variety of percussion—all careful reconstructions of instruments from the period.

The Artistic Directors of Piffaro, The Renaisance Band are Joan Kimball and Bob Wiemken, the world-renowned pied pipers of early music. Piffaro presents an annual concert series in the Philadelphia region and tours throughout North and South America and Europe. It also participates in major early music festivals. Recordings are a significant part of the ensemble’s work: nineteen CDs have been released since 1992, including four on Deutsche Grammophon.

Piffaro has always been active in the field of education, and has been honored for its work by Early Music America, receiving the Early Music Brings History Alive award in 2003, and the Laurette Goldberg Award for Achievement in Early Music Outreach in 2011. This year, the artistic co-directors received Early Music America’s Howard Mayer Brown Award for Lifetime Achievement in Early Music.



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