Sat. 10 Feb. 2018

1: 30 PM

Early Music Discovery with Seattle Historical Arts for Kids

The Life and Times of Queen Christina of Sweden

Chapel at Good Shepherd Center
4649 Sunnyside Ave N, Seattle

Accompanied by West Coast early music stars Ingrid Matthews (baroque violin), John Lenti (theorbo), and Adaiha MacAdam-Somer (bass viol), a cast of children and teens in period costume brings the seventeenth century to life with fencing, dancing, and music of the time. Join us for this all-ages performance of scenes from the life of Queen Christina of Sweden, written by Shulamit Kleinerman and directed by Carmen Mettler.

When she became Queen of Sweden in 1632, Christina was only six years old. Growing up, she enjoyed learning fencing with her cousins, studying languages, and inviting operas and orchestras to perform for her at court. She didn’t much care for dance lessons, or for directing wars — and although all rulers were supposed to get married, she wasn’t interested in doing that either. What she really wanted was to go to Rome and meet Italy’s best composers. Soon all of Europe was talking about this unconventional queen and watching for the latest news of her travels and her exploits with music. They even asked: was Christina a woman or a man?

This performance is co-presented by SHAK and Early Music Seattle in partnership with the Nordic Heritage Museum, and is supported in part by Early Music America.

“There’s something really compelling for me… in seeing young people really bringing to life these beautiful images from the past. They’re not just wearing costumes but acting and moving in informed ways.” -Shulamit Kleinerman, Director

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About Early Music Discovery

Early music means catchy tunes, fascinating instruments, and a colorful culture of dance, costume, and manners from times past. The Early Music Discovery series, curated by Shulamit Kleinerman, brings history to life for all ages. These performances, under an hour in length, are an affordable, appropriate, and enjoyable way for music lovers of all ages to explore music of all kinds.

Seattle Historical Arts for Kids is a partner organization of Shunpike.

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