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Affetto: Femme Fatale


Tue 14 Jul 2015, 7:30pm–9:30pm

Where: St Andrew's in the City, 388 Church St, Palmerston North

Restrictions: All Ages

Listed by: Peter Reid

Affetto tours NZ 2015 with 2 stylish & sensuous programmes: 'A play upon words' and 'Femme Fatale' - come and be transported to another era!

A Play Upon Words:
Whakatane Sun 5 July 2pm
Rotorua Mon 6 July 7.30
Hutt Valley Wed 8 July 7.30
Blenheim Fri 10 July 6pm
Motueka Sat 11 July 7.30

Femme Fatale:
Hastings 13 July 7.30
Palmerston North 14 July 7.30
Hamilton 15 July 7.30
Auckland 18 July 7.30
Warkworth Sun 19 July 4pm

A Play Upon Words:
Hamilton Sat 26 Sept 7.30
Tauranga Sun 27 Sept 4pm

A Play Upon Words
Full of humour and double-meaning, in this programme Jayne took out the Auckland Fringe 2015 award for Best Performance Music/Cabaret - what a vamp! With the birth of Baroque Opera came a dramatic shift in the way music and words worked together and as the phenomenon spread, English composers John Blow, Henry Purcell, John Dowland & Henry Eccles experimented with this new style. The texts and musical settings from this era often contain hidden messages, making for lively, poignant and sophisticated music.

Femme Fatale
A musical glimpse of two contrasting & influential women: Lady Macbeth, Shakespeare’s fictional wife of the 11th century Scottish King, and Barbara Strozzi, the real life courtesan, composer, singer and viol player of early 17th century Venice. This programme features a new work 'Lady Macbeth', composed especially for Affetto by Janet Jennings, sponsored by Creative NZ. Macbeth is one of Shakespeare’s darkest and most potent works, and his femme fatale is the driving force behind much of the action of the play. In this mix goes the passionate and virtuosic music of Strozzi, as well as works by her contemporaries Merula, Luzzaschi and others.

The Group
Affetto play on the most beautiful old instruments – cornetto & baroque trumpet (Peter Reid), viola da gamba & baroque cello (Polly Sussex), theorbo (Philip Griffin), harpsichord (Rachael Griffiths-Hughes), combining seamlessly with the divine soprano voice of Jayne Tankersley.

The Italian word ‘affetto’ means mood, emotion or affect, and is both the name and the game, the group strive to take the audience on a sonic journey from plaintive to passionate, serene to sensational. Affetto has participated in the Auckland Fringe, twice winning the award for “Best Musical Production”. Formed in 2010, the group is renowned for innovative and uplifting programming, beauty of sound, and for bringing forgotten music to life in new ways.

2015 The Affetto Players toured NZ with the Newman College Choir of Melbourne, stunning audiences with the Monteverdi's Vespers. 2014 - the arrival of the theorbo! made especially by Jason Petty & collaboration with Renaissance dance ensemble Capriol. 2013 - the semi-dramatic Diary of Samuel Pepys.

"...this was true ensemble performance characterised by balance and warmth of tone and a virtuosity which comes from a passion for and an appreciation of music which is rarely heard - the music or the passion" - Waikato Times.

"Affetto doesn’t just give us an academic glimpse into a bygone era. Affetto transports us there, to celebrate the lives, loves, joys and torments of those who populated that place in time – men and women just like us. They step out of history into our hearts and minds. Here is early music-making at its very best - impeccable musicianship, inspired interpretation and innovative programming" - Palmerston North Tribune.

''Affetto perform with an expertise, a playfulness and joy that can only come from the deepest love of what they do'' - Theatreview.

Tickets are available at the door.
Rotorua, Hamilton and Hastings $20 Adult Under-18 Free
Auckland $30 Adult Under-18 Free
Palmerston North $20 Adult, $15 Concession, Under-18 Free
Prices for Whakatane, Hutt Valley, Blenheim, Motueka, Warkworth & Tauranga are listed on the CMNZ website.

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