With a focus on vocal repertoire from the Early Baroque, the Renaissance, and the Modern, the versatile Early Music Ensemble strives for cogent performance excellence in vocal music across this vast temporal span. The group frequently collaborates with composition faculty and department ensembles, from the Percussion Studio to the Baroque Ensemble. Concerts are quarterly, with rehearsals held Mondays in the Ann E. Pitzer Center and Wednesdays, 7–9:30 pm, in Room 105, Music Building.
First rehearsal is Monday, January 8, 7 pm, in the Pitzer Center’s Recital Hall. Enter the building via the Northwest entrance only.
Music was a force of understanding and co-operation between different faiths and ideologies in the courts of two politically astute sixteenth-century rulers—Emperor Akbar I of India and Elizabeth I of England—rulers known for their use of tolerance as a force to strengthen and build their respective countries into leading forces on an increasingly connected world stage.
Matilda Hofman, whose conducting has been described as having “a striking sense of purpose” and “taut and finely controlled” (San Francisco Gate) has a busy and varied performance schedule. She works regularly with a wide range of groups in Europe, and in California, which she has made her home. Matilda has performed at the Salzburg Festival, Berliner Festspiele, Holland Festival and Ruhrtriennale among others.