UCLA Early Music Ensemble presents: The Cricket, the Storm, & the Swan

Saturday, Dec 2, 2017 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

"The Cricket, the Storm, and the Swan" program front page, featuring an image of a swan

The UCLA Early Music Ensemble presents "The Cricket, the Storm, & the Swan", a compilation of European early music surrounding the themes of ecology and environmentalism.
The Greek philosopher Aristotle wrote that "nature has made all things specifically for the sake of man;" Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus, British philosopher Francis Bacon, French philosopher René Decartes, and countless others made similar statements about 2,000 years later, summed up in the Bible as man's "dominion over fish of the sea, and over fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth." Despite these human-centric assertions, Europeans have recognized the existence and importance of other beings within their ecosystems for centuries. As a performative contribution to conversations in conservation, environmentalism, the musicological subdiscipline of ecomusicology, and others, this concert presents medieval, renaissance, and baroque European early music with an ecological focus.
Featuring such works as "Chaos" from Les Élémens, sections of Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons", and "Svmer is acumen in" from W. de Wycombe, the concert will cover nearly 650 years of music from across Europe. 
The UCLA Early Music Ensemble (EME) is dedicated to the performance and study of Western vocal and instrumental music from historic periods prior to 1800, with particular emphasis on repertories not usually covered by other standing UCLA ensembles. The mission of the ensemble is dual: to explore historical repertories and performance practices in depth and to bring the result of those explorations to a high performance level.
The concert will be codirected by EME members Ryan A. Koons and Anahit Rostomyan.