Four Queens
and a Joker

Four Queens and a Joker

About the Concert

​Games and cards were all the rage in the 17th and 18th centuries, and we present two pieces for four sopranos depicting lively matches! We’ll perform a comic intermezzo by 17th century composer Virgilio Mazzocchi depicting the hunting game of “La Civetta”, or the Little Owl.

This piece has long languished in obscurity, and we are collaborating with Italian scholar Aldo Roma to recreate the game on stage for you from his recent research.

We’ll also perform the 18th century Caldara cantata “Il Giuoco del Quadriglio”, or The Game of Quadrille. Ironically, Caldara was addicted to cards and left his widow in poverty because of his gaming debts! Full of snark, sass, and sarcasm, the text is set to gorgeous music with arias for sopranos with obbligato violin, recorder, and two mandolins. Singers will dance, the director will play, and our chamber orchestra will join in the fun. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see these pieces staged.

General Admission $50

Marie-Nathalie Lacoursière

Performance dates

April
22, 23, 24, 2022

Fri., Apr. 22, 2022 8:00 PM
Hairpin Arts Center
Logan Square
2810 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL

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Sat., Apr. 23, 2022 8:00 PM
International House
University of Chicago
1414 East 59th Street, Chicago, IL

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Sun., Apr. 24, 2022 3:00 PM
Galvin Recital Hall
Bienen School of Music
Northwestern University
70 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston, IL

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ARTISTS
Ellen Hargis, soprano and director
Marie-Nathalie Lacoursière, dancer and staging director
Lucía Mier y Terán Romero, soprano
Salomé Sandoval, soprano
Allison Selby Cook, mezzo-soprano
Allison Monroe, violin
Brandi Berry Benson, violin
David Douglass, viola, director
Jeremy David Ward, bass violin
Charles Metz, harpsichord
Claire Happel Ashe, triple harp
Brandon Acker, mandolin, theorbo and guitar
Daniel Swenberg, mandolin, theorbo

Shawn Keener, projection design