8PM, Oct. 30th, 2015, Pre-concert talk at 7:30
Fr. Madden Auditorium, Carr Hall,
St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto
100 St Joseph Street
Tickets $30, $20 students and seniors available at the door
Orlando Lassus’s weird and wonderful music sets texts written in the voice of Graeco-Roman prophecies of the birth of the Messiah; with lute Fantasias by Lassus’s contemporary Melchior Neusidler.
Who hath not heard how David’s harmony drove away the evil spirits from King Saul? The spirits about the heart take that trembling and dancing air into the body, are moved together, and stirred up with it, or else the mind, as some suppose harmonically composed, is roused up at the tunes of music.
Robert Burton – The Anatomy of Melancholy
Part 2, Section 2, Member 6, Subsection III: Music as Remedy
We’d better not be too quick to pooh-pooh the 17th century psychologist Robert Burton’s science when he asserts that the mind itself being made of harmony, we can all benefit from a little harmonical and rhythmical purge of the dissonance of life, early-modern (Burton’s) or post-modern (ours); even very recently your daily bio-rhythm chart was published in many newspapers right next to your horoscope. The tunes of the voices, violins and lutes of The Musicians In Ordinary have entered the breasts and moved the spirits surrounding the hearts of audiences for over a decade. Join us for more rare music in our seasons at St. Michael’s College and Heliconian Hall.