Indianapolis Early Music Festival Presents Piffaro at Indiana History Center

Music is an inherent part of culture. From the dawn of man, it seems music has been a source of enjoyment, celebration and even solace for people around the world. The Indianapolis Early Music Festival invites Indianapolis people to explore the origins of European music by Piffaro at the the Indiana History Center Friday, July 9. Enjoy a selection of Waytes: English Music for a Renaissance Town Band as your ears travel back to the rebirth of knowledge and ideas in Europe. This Indianapolis music event is a must for music lovers who wish to continue their musical education in Indianapolis.

Since the reign of King Edward III in the early fourteenth century, the town waytes, or shawm players, enjoyed a prominent position in the musical life of every major city in England. Similar to the piffari in Italy, the stadtpfeiffer in Germnay and the ministriles in Spain, the waytes were the finest musicians in many major towns across England. These respected professional musicians enjoyed a reputation and pride of place unmatched by any other profession on the British Isles from 1550 onward. As their access to various instruments like recorders, cornetto, dulcian and stringed instruments grew, so did their talent.

The Indianapolis Early Music Festival presents Piffaro in a concert that follows one fabled wayte through a musical trip around the thriving metropolis of London during late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. These celebrated bands played the most prestigious ceremonial occasions of State, intimate chamber parties for England’s wealthy elite and rowdy parades in the streets. No matter the event, these waytes had the right repertoire to share in each moment.

Piffaro presented by the Indianapolis Early Music Festival shares compositions from the greatest English composers of the time including William Byrd, Robert Parsons, Thomas Tallis, Thomas Weelkes and John Mundy. The band will have a host of instruments at their disposal including lute, guitar, shawm, recorder, percussion, sackbut, krumhorn, bagpipes, dulcian, harp, doucaine and pipe and tabor.

Formed in 1980, Piffaro is a highly polished band of pied-pipers. This Renaissance Band has delighted audiences across the United States, Europe, Canada and South America. The ensemble recreates the elegant sounds of the official, professional wind bands of the late Medieval and Renaissance periods, as well as the rustic music of the peasantry. Using carefully reconstructed instruments, Piffaro creates an authentic sound that is as yet unmatched. Tickets to their concert are $22.00 for adults and $12.00 for Indianapolis kids with a student ID.  Enjoy a variety of music as you travel back in time to enjoy a slice of early music history at this Indianapolis event at the Indiana History Center.

With prime Indianapolis real estate in Indianapolis downtown, the Indiana History Center is neighbor to countless Indianapolis attractions including the NCAA Hall of Champions, the Eiteljorg Museum, the Indiana State Museum, the Indianapolis Canal Walk and the White River State Park. Before the concert enjoy a short walk to reveal the sights and sounds of the Circle City.

Treat yourself to an elegant dinner at any of these Indianapolis restaurants before the show. Afterward, discuss your favorite instrumental sound in the Indianapolis Early Music Festival concert over cocktails at any of these refreshing Indianapolis bars. Stay tuned to Indianapolis News, Events and Information on Fun City for all the latest on fun things to do in Indianapolis. We cover Indianapolis arts to Indianapolis sports and everything in between. Get out in Indy and find some fun!

Friday, July 9 at  7:30 pm

Indianapolis Early Music Festival
Indiana History Center
450 West Ohio Street
Indianapolis, IN