Indiana History Center Welcomes Conçonièr to the Indy Early Music Fest

The Indianapolis Early Music Festival is a dedicated Indianapolis non profit organization connecting Hoosiers to the origins of classical and all music for that matter. The Indiana History Center teams with the Indianapolis Early Music Festival to present Conçonièr Friday July 23 at 7:30 pm, music from the time of Vlad Dracula. Tickets to this Indianapolis music event are $22.00 for adults and $12.00 for Indianapolis kids with a student ID. The concert takes over the Frank and Katrina Basile Theatre at the Glick Indiana History Center. Don’t miss this chilling and thrilling Indianapolis event.

Conçonièr presents fifteenth century music from the infamous Vlad the Impaler, whose tyrannical rule of Wallachia (Southern Romania) shocked Europe. As the original Dracula, he is remembered most for the cruel and unusual corporeal punishments he inflicted on his enemies. He was the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel Dracula, but the music surrounding his reputation in the fifteenth century had just as much influence on Stoker’s research. As they remember Vlad, Conçonièr will perform Michel Behemin’s German poem about Vlad’s deeds, Italian dance and Germaon songs, music of the Byzantine court, Balkan folk songs, Turkish classical music, the Lamentation of the Fall of Constantinople by Guillaume Dufay and other works.

The fifteenth century was a time of change for music. Normal conventions and practices began to evolve from medieval to early Renaissance styles. All of culture seemed to be in transformation: art, religion, politics and technology. Constantinople fell the the Ottoman Turks; the printing press made reading more prevalent. King Henry VIII invented divorce; Christopher Columbus discovered a new world. Leonardo da Vinci began to invent and work, and a Vlad the Impaler ruled over southern Romania.

He was called Vlad Dracula, a name adopted by his father from the word Dracul for “dragon,” when he joined the Order of the Dragon. Vlad took his father’s name “Dracula” or “Son of the Dragon,” as he pledged allegiance to the Order’s work to crusade against the Turks in the Balkans. As a ruling figure of the Balkan resistance, Vlad refused to pay monetary tribute to the Turks and to turn over young men to serve in the elite Janissary guard.

Instead, Vlad resorted to acts of remarkable cruelty to achieve his aims, the most famous of which was impalement on wooden stakes. He held his realm to a strict moral code and anyone suspected of breaking the code or working with the Ottomans was heinously tortured. It is said that tens of thousands died horribly under his rule, though many more laud him as a Christian champion. In Romania his still a national hero.

His infamy, whether good or bad in the grand scheme of things, has nonetheless been preserved in poems, songs, and fiction. Beheim’s poem, “Story of a Bloodthirsty Madman Called Dracula of Wallachia,” shocked and titillated audiences in Fredrick III’s court with scenes of graphic horror. As the poem began to spread through oral tradition, the story of Dracula became more and more gruesome, until the main character was a monster like creature.

Conçonièr presents the evolution of this legend through a collection of early music that centers around his legend. All aspects of the story are represented through clever musical choices from the Balkans, the Ottoman Court, the Byzantine Empire and more. Watch as the legend of Dracula evolves in Conçonièr’s concert performance at the Indiana History Center as part of the Indianapolis Early Music Festival.

With prime Indianapolis real estate in Indianapolis downtown, the Indiana History Center is neighbor to tons of other Indianapolis attractions like the Indianapolis Canal Walk, White River State Park, the NCAA Hall of Champions, Indiana State Museum, the Indianapolis Zoo, the Eitlejorg Museum and Victory Field home of the Indianapolis Indians.

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Conçonièr in the Indianapolis Early Music Festival
Friday, July 23 at 7:00 pm

Indiana History Center
450 West Ohio Street
Indianapolis, IN