Music for Troubled Times
Jeannette Sorrell,direction, harpsichord, & program design
Amanda Powell & Ashlee Foreman,sopranos
Brian Kay,lute & vocals


London, 1665: A year-long plague held the city in its grip, but haunting folk ballads and laments of Dowland and Purcell wafted from the windows of empty streets. Two centuries later, outbreaks of cholera and dysentery could not prevent Americans – black and white – from singing in joyous harmony at the end of the Civil War. In this new program from Jeannette Sorrell, 10 musicians conjure up these two historic pandemics through music, diaries and poems as we celebrate the resilience of the human spirit. WE SHALL OVERCOME.

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“An unforgettable ride… This ensemble is a cultural treasure, particularly in its willingness to grapple with the world’s problems and offer catharsis.”
– Seen & Heard International (UK)

“The program draws poignant parallels to today. No one else.. gives Dowland and Purcell such suave, dramatic treatment. Soprano Ashlee Foreman delivers a tour-de-force in “Death Comes to My House” and the whole group carries “Wade in the Water” to captivating heights. The takeaway is a message of hope, a celebration of humanity’s ability to endure.”

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