Pegasus Early Music continues its 10th anniversary season with a concert of English music from the 17th century inspired by the diaries of Samuel Pepys. These celebrated diaries, beloved for their amusing, candid, and informative views of life in 17th century London, contain many references to the music that Pepys loved, heard, and played. The musicians of Pegasus Early Music will perform a selection of pieces that Sam Pepys mentioned or would have heard in the courts and streets of London.
For example, he often played music in the evenings with Nicholas Lanier, lutenist, composer, and Master of the King’s Musick. Soprano Laura Heimes, well-known to Rochester audiences, will sing several of Lanier’s songs, accompanied by theorbo and harp. The program will also include rollicking dance tunes that Pepys would have known, an exquisite consort for harp, violin, viola da gamba, and theorbo by Cavalier William Lawes, and other pieces from the courts and streets of Restoration London.
An unusual concert full of English charm and surprise, the title is inspired by Pepys’s famous sign-off in his diaries, “And so to bed”!
Laura Heimes, soprano;
Christa Patton, harp; Boel Gidholm, violin;
Lisa Terry, viola da gamba; Deborah Fox, theorbo
November 9, 2014, 4:00pm (pre-concert talk at 3:15pm)
Downtown United Presbyterian Church
121 N. Fitzhugh Street, Rochester