Early music to be performed at Grey Towers and Silk Mill Milford. In Stile Moderno will play instantly likable melodies, harmonies, and polyphony written for Cardinal Barberini in the 17th century.
Agnes Coakley Cox, Nathaniel Cox, and Ben Katz of In Stile Moderno (Photo provided)
In Stile Moderno, the Boston-based early music trio, will perform compositions from the 1600s at two area venues — Grey Towers National Historical Site in Milford and the Hawley Silk Mill — this weekend. In Stile Moderno features soprano Agnes Coakley Cox, harsichordist Ben Katz, and Nathaniel Cox on the cornetto and theorbo. "Cornetto" sounds like "cornet," but it's more like a clarinet or oboe than a horn. The theorbo is a long-necked relative of the lute that has a greater range of notes. Both were widely used in the 1600s, when Girolamo Frescobaldi and Hyeronimus Kapsberger were at their peak. The performances focus on music they wrote for Roman Cardinal Francesco Barberini. This early Baroque music — pre-Bach and Handel — is not quite "classical," in that many of the modern instruments and templates (the four-part symphony, for example) had not yet been developed. Music from this period features instantly likable melodies, harmonies, and polyphony. Both performances are presented by Kindred Spirits Arts Programs in cooperation with the USDA Forest Service and the Hawley Silk Mill. Kindred Spirits, a nonprofit organization of volunteers, has been bringing high-quality entertainment to area audiences and musical programs to school students since 2002. The 2019 season pass guarantees entrance to all events from May through December. This pass is transferable and offers additional savings.