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Past Concerts:


Songbook For a king

Music from the Manuscrit du Roi

May 6, 2018, 4pm

St. Alban's Episcopal Church

2555 Euclid Heights Blvd, Cleveland Heights

$15 regular admission | $10 seniors | $5 students

Music at the Birth of the Renaissance

Four Seasons in Trecento Florence


Friday, March 2, 2018 at 7:30 pm
St. Alban Episcopal Church
2555 Euclid Heights Blvd., Cleveland Heights
$15 regular admission
$5 student and senior tickets

Florence dominates the modern imagination as the birthplace of the Renaissance, the scene of extraordinary artistic flourishing against a backdrop of political and religious upheaval, and the home of the infamous banking family, the Medici. Yet during the fourteenth century, or the Trecento, Florence was just beginning its rise to prominence politically and financially, with this rise fueling artistic pursuits in poetry, sculpture, architecture, and music. Florence’s republican government and society fostered a particularly varied musical culture, “the democratic mingling of written and unwritten, polyphonic and monophonic, and sacred and secular traditions,” as scholar Blake McD. Wilson puts it. In this program, organized around the four seasons of the year, we explore this varied musical sound world.

Our program sets some of our favorite Trecento polyphonic works against the monophonic lauda, a sacred Italian offshoot of the troubadour tradition, as well as instrumental dance songs collected from the period. These genres all intersected in the city of Florence, home to many of the century’s leading composers as well as numerous laudesi companies. In shaping the program, we decided to use the framework of the seasons, drawing on the music’s many references to themes of nature, love, birth, death, and rebirth, as well as orienting the sacred pieces within the Florentine festal calendar. Our program provides a glimpse into everyday Florentine lives - the mundane, the passionate and the sublime - through music that speaks to the universal human experience.


Bemf fringe concert 2017

My Lady: Marian Devotion and Courtly Love

Saturday, June 17, 2017 at 5 pm

$10 Suggested Donation

Marsh Chapel, Boston University

735 Commonwealth Avenue Boston, MA 02215


Cleveland Preview of BEMF Fringe concert

My Lady: Marian Devotion and Courtly Love

Sunday, June 11, 2017 at 3 pm

Harkness Chapel, Case Western Reserve University

11200 Bellflower Rd. Cleveland, OH 44106