Songs for summer by Barbara Strozzi & Francesca Caccini
Doors open at 6:15 p.m Cash bar for wine/beer. Members of Hammond-Harwood House Museum receive a free drink.
Concert 7:00 p.m to 8:15 p.m
Soprano Elissa Edwards and lutenist Richard Kolb present delightful songs on the lighter side by Strozzi and Caccini, framed with lute and theorbo solos by their contemporaries Michelangelo Galilei and Alessandro Piccinini.
It’s well known that women in 17th-century Europe were severely hindered in the any endeavor that overstepped the constraints of traditional feminine modesty and subservience. What is less well known is that a substantial number of intrepid women established themselves at the highest levels of almost every field, including the arts, politics, and business. Thanks to various combinations of exceptional talent, hard work, and special circumstances they managed to sidestep social constraints, and were widely acclaimed for doing so. Both Francesca Caccini and Barbara Strozzi were acknowledged among the leading musicians of their respective generations. Both benefitted from favorable circumstances, Caccini at the Tuscan court under the rule of Christine de Lorraine, and Strozzi in the traditionally liberal environment of the Venetian cultural elite.