Festival 2021

September 17 to 19,  2021

17th Season

Festival Concerts

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Listen to How I Dance

Friday Sept 17, 2021


Streamed in Brunton Auditorium

Listen to how I dance is music to be seen and a dance to be heard. The project was
born when Esteban La Rotta, lutenist, and Stéphanie Brochard, contemporary dancer and specialist in early dance, were united by their shared desire to create projects in which musicians understand the needs of movement and dancers the nature of music. For them, music and movement are intrinsically linked. Their collaboration attempts to reinvent the intangible dialogue of these two artistic disciplines through the questioning of space and the scenic presence of the two arts. By placing musicians and dancers equally at the heart of the staging, each discipline is encouraged to go beyond its usual scenic convention and explore their
interconnectivity. Inspiration was drawn from visual works of the Renaissance in order to establish a common corporal language. The choreography, through which contemporary and Renaissance dance merge, is also greatly inspired by paintings and sculptures from the 15th to the 17th centuries. The music chosen is drawn from the European repertoire of the late 15th century and played on rare period instruments that blend complementary visual aesthetics and old sonorities.

Stile Antico: Hail, Queen of Heaven: music for the Virgin Mary

Saturday, September 18, 2021


Streamed in Brunton Auditorium

Stile Antico performs a sumptuous selection of music written in praise of the Virgin Mary, including no fewer than four masterpieces by Josquin, the ‘Father of the Renaissance’, in honour of the quincentenary of his death in 1521. Woven between Josquin’s motets are works by composers from successive generations: the serene “Ego flos campi” by Clemens non Papa, William Byrd's exquisite miniature “Ave Maria”, and the ebullient “Gaude Maria Virgo” by Peter Phillips. Crowning this rich programme is John Taverner's superb antiphon “Ave Dei Patris filia” by John Taverner: an extraordinary, fifteen-minute span of music, whose dazzling final
‘Amen’ is one of the glories of pre-Reformation church music.

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Concerto della donne

Sunday September 19, 2021

3:00 pm

LIVE in Brunton Auditorium

Explore the often neglected yet exquisite musical contributions of women composers in the Renaissance and Baroque periods, as we give voice to women's’ artistic agency and creativity. Women were musically active in their various and diverse roles as nuns, aristocrats, and as courtesans. We celebrate a return to LIVE music programming with the considerable talents and expertise of established local specialists of early music Vicki St. Pierre (contralto), Erin Bardua (soprano), Celeste Jankowski (violin), Kirsty Money (violin), Hilary Brown (cello), Madeleine Owen (theorbo/guitar), and Marie Bouchard (organ). Celebrate a return to live music programming for our festival!

The 17th Season of the Sackville Festival of Early Music will be presented FREE of Charge.


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Educational Outreach Concerts

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Video footage from Listen to how I dance will be presented free-of-charge to New Brunswick and Nova Scotia public schools and to the Drew Nursing home and paired with outreach materials designed for students.