Guelph Musicfest 2023

Season 17— May 26 to June 23, 2023
Friday October 28, 2022 at 7:30 pm
Guelph Youth Music Centre Recital Hall
75 Cardigan Street, Guelph, ON

Navré de ton dart…

ANIMA with Daniel Cabena (singer)

This program features music by John Bedyngham, Gilles Binchois, Gilles Joye & Johannes Ockeghem.

Daniel Cabena, voice, recorders & vièle
Paul Genyk-Berezowsky, voice, recorders & renaissance guitar
Judith Souman, recorders & vièle
Luke Hathaway, recitation &
Terry McKenna, lute
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Daniel Cabena is a concert singer, recitalist, chamber musician, and singing actor. He is highly regarded in both Canada and Europe for performances of music from the medieval to the contemporary.

He is also a curator of texts and music, working in artistic direction, concert programming and the commissioning of new works of text and music. more…
Death, you have wounded with your arrow (navré de ton dart) the father of joy ….’ So begins Johannes Ockeghem’s lamentation for Burgundian composer Gilles Binchois.

This sense of death as something that arrives to us from beyond ourselves is at least as old as the art of archery, which gives it its metaphor. We reach for the same image when we talk about love: ‘Ay me, the fatal arrow / That drives ev'n to the marrow, / Cupid from out his quiver / Hath pluck’d and pierc’d my liver’ (thus Thomas Morley).

The arrows of love and death can arrive with catastrophic power — but they also have the power to release us from the bonds of a situation that has become untenable: Love, deliver me from out of the bonds of Death, someone might pray; or, one the other hand, Death, deliver me from out of the bonds of love.

Using songs of Gilles Binchois and John Bedyngham, with their associated parody Masses — and new adaptations of poetry by Christine de Pizan — this program tells a late-medieval transition story, which is also a story of the progress of love, both sacred and profane.

It’s time for me to put in words —
as once I told you that I would —
the narrative of how I came
(when I returned to Fortune’s home)
to be transformed into a man.
My name is Christian de Pizan.…

Net proceeds from this concert are in benefit of the Guelph Youth Music Centre

Single concert tickets:
adult $45, senior $40, student or child $10, ONLINE Livestream $30
2-concert series: adult $80, senior $70, student or child $20, ONLINE Livestream $50
SAVE $5 PER TICKET until Thanksgiving Monday (adult $40, senior $30, student/child under age 17 $5)

Guelph Musicfest 2022 is grateful for the continuing generous support of an Anonymous Donor
Guelph Musicfest is generously supported by the Neighbourhood Group

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