Artek: Indianapolis Early Music Festival at the Indiana History Center

In Indiana Summer means two things: outdoor concerts and festivals. Hoosiers love to pass the lazy days of Summer by at social gatherings throughout the state, centered around Indianapolis music and Indianapolis culture. ARTEK, at the Indiana History Center Friday, June 25, plays the 43rd Indianapolis Early Musical Festival, combining the two major components of Summer. Tickets to this Indianapolis event are $22.00 for Indianapolis people and $12.00 for Indianapolis kids with a student ID. The concert will consist of the Madrigals of Claudio Monteverdi.

Audiences love ARTEK concerts, which are filled with exciting, dramatic performances of baroque music. These compelling musical settings of beautiful poetry and infectious dance rhythms often mean performances that are infused with both vitality and spirit. The ensemble’s passion for music of the early seventeenth century is revealed through a specialization in the era that goes unmatched by any other Indianapolis performing arts organization.

Their upcoming concert, this Friday, June 25, features Monteverdi’s madrigals, with are a perfect foil to the gifts of this talented Indianapolis music organization. Their pure vocal beauty will shine in the a cappella madrigals from Book Five to the exuberant accompanied madrigals of Books Seven and Eight. As they present a variety of Monteverdi’s most eloquent compositions, ARTEK explores themes of love, desire, betrayal, ardor, playfulness and jealousy, which speak to modern audiences regardless of the format. ARTEK’s refined ensemble of five voices will be accompanied by keyboard, lute, viola da gamba, lirone, guitar, theorbo and harpsichord.

Claudio Monteverdi is known as the master of the five voice polyphonic madrigal. Born in Italy, during his life he became a noted composer, gambist and singer. His work is often regarded as revolutionary, as it marked the transition from the Renaissance style of music to the Baroque period. His Fifth Book of published madrigals was the first book of madrigals ever to include basso continuo on many of the compositions. Though his use of dissonance as an expressive device led to controversy from his contemporaries, who accused him of poor compositional technique, today these madrigals stand as an example of the height of polyphonic singing, as it transformed to a new style.

When he wrote his Seventh Book, Monteverdi was fifty one years old. The music offers yet another incredible departure from his earlier work. Fifteen of the nineteen compositions are duets with basso continuo; some of these are considered to be the most expressive works of the genre. These duets feature verse from the leading poets of the day, illuminating their words with powerfully sung notes. Here is work revived by the members of ARTEK this Friday at the Indianapolis Early Music Festival. Illuminated by the voices and musicianship of ARTEK, this Indianapolis music event honors an artist who changed the world.

Don’t miss ARTEK’s performance at the Indiana History Center, Friday June 25 at 7:30 pm. With prime Indianapolis real estate, the Indiana History Center is located near a host of Indianapolis attractions such as the Indianapolis Canal Walk, White River State Park, the NCAA Hall of Champions, the Eiteljorg Museum and the Indiana State Museum. Enjoy the sights and sounds of Indianapolis downtown on your way to and from this Indianapolis art event.

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ARTEK at the Indianapolis Early Music Festival
Friday, June 25 at 7:30 pm

Frank and Katrina Basile Theatre
Indiana History Center
450 West Ohio Street
Indianapolis, IN