Black Tulip

December 6, 2021, 8:00 pm

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Black Tulip is a multinational ensemble featuring Josefien Stoppelenburg, soprano (the Netherlands), Mirja Lorenz, recorders (Germany), Phillip W. Serna, violas da gamba (US), and Joel Spears, lutes and theorbo (US). Interdisciplinary by nature, Black Tulip’s innovative outside-of-the-box programming immerses audiences in vivid and dynamic multi-media experiences. Black Tulip often combines dramatic cantatas and songs for solo voice and obbligato instruments with virtuosic instrumental works for recorders, viols, lutes and theorbo alongside history lectures incorporating projected artwork to depict the complex cultural lives of composers and their 17th- and 18th-century audiences. Their program is entitled “Women and Power.” This is an encore broadcast from November 25, 2019.

Josefien Stoppelenburg, soprano
Mirja Lorenz, recorders
Phillip W. Serna, violas da gamba
Joel Spears, lutes and theorbo

Biography courtesy of the artists’ website.

  • Lucretia Romana, by Alessandro Scarlatti

  • Sonata VII, by Dietrich Buxtehude 

  • Piangero, by Georg Frideric Handel 

  • Sonata, by Élisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre

  • Sappho, to the Goddess of Love, by John Blow

  • Prelude, L’Impromptu, Allemande, and La Belle Homicide by Charles Mouton 

  • Judith, by Sébastian de Brossard