A group picture of the Areté Singers, an East Bay ensemble renowned for their innovative vocal performances, who will be performing at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Pleasanton on Saturday (June 22). (Photo courtesy of Trinity Concert Series)

The Trinity Lutheran Church in Pleasanton is hosting a group of singers and dancers who will be resurrecting the music of the Renaissance era this weekend as part of the church’s ongoing Trinity Concert Series.

The concert, titled “Harmony Unveiled: The Secret Music of the Renaissance,” will take audience members on an “immersive journey into one of history’s most vibrant and transformative musical periods,” according to a press release from the church.

“Audiences will experience the rich tapestry of Renaissance music, marked by its intricate polyphony, lush harmonies and emotive depth,” organizers said.

Virtuoso female singers such as the ones pictured here will accompany the musicians and performers during Saturday’s performance at the Trinity Church. The group of singers will pay homage to the Concerto delle Donne of Ferrara, which were an ensemble of professional female singers of the late Renaissance era in Italy. (Photo courtesy of the Trinity Concert Series)

The program will go into the evolution of harmony during the Renaissance and showcase the transition from simple monophony — which is a single melody sung or played on an instrument without accompanying harmony or chords — to intricate polyphonies, which consists of multiple melodies woven together.

“The polyphony of Renaissance choral music creates a sublime aural experience, enhanced by the superb acoustics at Trinity Lutheran Church,” Dwight Stone, minister of worship and music at the church, told the Weekly. “There is something almost magical that occurs when such buoyant energy fills the air, an ethereal moment shared by performers and listeners alike.”

According to the press release, attendees will also get deeper historical context into the societal and cultural backdrop of the Renaissance and be able to see authentic performances of instruments used during that period.

Matthew Xie, an acclaimed lutenist based in San Francisco, will be giving a pre-concert talk where he will discuss the Renaissance era instruments and offer audience members a chance to have some hands-on experience with those historical instruments.

The main event will be performances by Areté Singers, an East Bay ensemble renowned for their innovative vocal performances, and RammDance, a dance company that incorporates modern dance styles with classical ballet.

“The repertoire chosen by Areté Singers reflects the diversity and richness of Renaissance music, spanning sacred and secular compositions,” according to the press release. “Through their performances, Areté Singers transport audiences to the secret chambers of the Vatican, the opulent courts of nobility, and the private salons of wealthy patrons, where music played a central role in cultural and social life.”

The program will also feature virtuoso female singers who will accompany the musicians and performers. The group of singers will pay homage to the Concerto delle Donne of Ferrara, which were an ensemble of professional female singers of the late Renaissance era in Italy.

The concert will take place Saturday (June 22) at the Trinity Lutheran Church, located at 1225 Hopyard Road., starting at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the door.



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