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Paul Holmes Morton is native to the state of Pennsylvania, where he had his first music lessons on his father’s banjo and later the cello. After a youthful education of folk music, he went on to study classical guitar under the instruction of Ernesto Tamayo, Marc Teicholz, and Sergio Assad....
Theorbist for the Mad Madrigals concert
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March 16/17/18, 2018
​Pre-concert talk 6:45 PM on March 17
Before opera there was the madrigal comedy; unstaged but dramatic collections of short vocal pieces which, when sung consecutively, told a story. Adriano Banchieri’s Contrappunto Bestiale and continuo (accompanied by lute or harpsichord) madrigals will be on this program

Mad Madrigals

Our Mission

Our mission is to educate, inspire and foster music appreciation on the part of the public through historically informed performances of Baroque chamber music. The Seicento Baroque Ensemble emphasizes education for singers, instrumentalists, and the public of all ages about the Baroque period in history, in particular its music, composers, compositions and performance practices.

A note from our Artistic Director Emeritus ♫

Il Festino nella sera del giovedi grasso avanti cena (The Feast on the Evening of Fat Thursday Supper) was published in Venice in 1608. As was customary for the time, the music by composer Adriano Banchieri was distributed in five part books — separately bound music — for Canto, Canto II, Alto, Tenore and Basso. It became one of the most famous madrigal comedies, a genre popular from the end of the 16th century into the 1630s. The light-hearted music is a series of short madrigals that provide a sequence of cameos, with bawdy jokes, wisecracks, diversions, yearnings of love, exuberant jollities of drinking scenes and animal vocalizations. Read more…

What’s in a name?

seicento  [/seiˈtʃɛnto]

Our name is inspired by the Italian word Seicento which means “six hundred” and refers to the culturally rich 1600’s in Italy. 
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Check out photos from our REFORMATION concert

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Seicento Baroque Ensemble revives
German music from 1600s
Seicento Baroque Ensemble revives
German music from 1600s

Celebrating Music of the
Reformation: Seicento Baroque

A busy classical weekend...

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