Los Músicos De Alfonso – Court Music from 13th Century’s Castile and Leon
Please join us on Friday February 21st, as Los Músicos de Alfonso will perform a recital composed of medieval repertoires from the Hispanic peninsula. They will also play a few Spanish folk songs as well as a French and an English medieval piece to show the connections between folk songs and the performance of medieval repertoire. The group is made up of former and current students of Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, especially the Early Music Institute. Formed in February 2013, Los Músicos de Alfonso got together to learn and share this music, which they have done with communities around Indiana, including Michigan City, Evansville, St, Meinrad's, and Bloomington.
The group's name derives from the source of a large portion of the repertoire they are inspired by. Alfonso X, “The Wise,” was a 13th century king of Castile and León who was a great admirer and patron of music and performers. Some of the most important pieces of medieval repertoire, the Cantigas de Santa Maria, were composed by him and performed at his court. Los Músicos de Alfonso are excited to delve into a wide range of music from the medieval period, both sacred and secular. However, this name was an accurate description of the spirit of the project, as well as a homage to a historical figure who left such a rich musical legacy.
Thea Smith, Kathryn Summersett - soprano
Kevin de Benedictis - baritone
Eric Fisher, Reynaldo Patino - vielle
Brian McNulty - percussion
The Hoagy Carmichael Room is located in Morrison Hall, Room 006 on the Indiana University campus in Bloomington, IN.