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Virtuosic singing in the

17th century

In many ways the quintessential chamber music medium of the Baroque period was a soprano voice in combination with a continuo instrument such as the theorbo or archlute, playing a semi-improvised part to match the flexibility and dramatic expressiveness of the virtuosic solo vocal line. Elissa Edwards and Richard Kolb bring together a unique combination of virtuosity and scholarly expertise in exploring the vast untapped resources of 16th and 17th-century solo vocal repertoire, little of which has been heard by modern audiences. Recent programs have featured works by Italian singer/composers Francesca Caccini and Barbara Strozzi. Some of their other programs explore music of the world of Galileo Galilei, and song from the time of English the civil war and Restoration.