Games and cards were all the rage in the 17th and 18th centuries, and in this concert, you’ll hear two pieces that are both about playing games. The first is an intermezzo by Italian composer Virgilio Mazzocchi, which would have been performed in between acts of a serious opera for comic relief. Titled “La Civetta,” or Little Owl, it’s about a hunting game, which is a euphemism for flirting. In the second piece, an 18th century cantata named “Il Guicolo del Quadriglio,” our singers and musicians will all be dancing, playing music and playing the card game quadrille at the same time! Featuring four sopranos, violin, viola, two mandolins, theorbo, harpsichord and more. 8:00 p.m. Saturday, April 23, 2022 at the International House of the University of Chicago, 1414 E. 59th Street, Chicago. For tickets and more information, visit www.newberryconsort.org. Show up 30 minutes early for the pre-concert chat.
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