Makaris: The Galant David Rizzio

August 23, 2022, 9:00 am

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In the early 18th century, a number of the most popular traditional Scottish songs were bizarrely attributed to David Rizzio, who more than 150 years earlier had been brutally murdered while serving as secretary to Mary, Queen of Scots. The ensemble Makaris explores arrangements of the “Rizzio melodies” by galant-era composers including Francesco Geminiani, Johann Christian Bach, and James Oswald. Makaris formed in 2018 to explore the broad musical heritage and culture of Scotland. Based in and around New York City, the ensemble maintains a roster of early, contemporary, and folk music specialists from around the country, tailored to the needs of each project.