In Stile Moderno to perform at Brattleboro Music Center

BRATTLEBORO — Brattleboro favorites In Stile Moderno announced its first concert of 2018, How Sweet the Torment: Madrigals of Monteverdi and his Contemporaries, on Jan. 21, at 6 p.m. The concert will be held at the Brattleboro Music Center, 72 Blanche Moyse Way. Tickets are $25 and $10 and are available at the door.

The ensemble for early music In Stile Moderno was founded in 2012 by Brattleboro native Nathaniel Cox (cornetto and theorbo) and Agnes Coakley (soprano). Dedicated to performing rarely-heard works of the 17th century, In Stile Moderno has been praised for their virtuosity and engaging performances.

In a program themed around the pains of love (a favorite subject of composers in the early 17th century, as now), duets from Claudio Monteverdi's Seventh Book of Madrigals will be paired with pieces by lesser-known composers such as Bellerofonte Castaldi and Benedetto Ferrari. In Stile Moderno will perform Monteverdi's duets with soprano and cornetto — instead of the more usual two sopranos — showcasing the unique sound of the cornetto imitating and blending with the voice. The rich texture of theorbo and baroque guitar will also be featured in works by Francesco Corbetta and Bellerofonte Castaldi.

In Stile Moderno is working with guitarist and theorbist Simon Martyn-Ellis for the first time, who will add nuanced continuo playing as well as fiery guitar rhythms.

The concert will take place in the newly-completed auditorium of the Brattleboro Music Center, a space which is quickly becoming a hub for high-caliber chamber music performances in New England. Many professional musicians number among the BMC's alumni, including Nathaniel Cox, who began music lessons at the old BMC in the 1990s. It is a particular pleasure for the ensemble to return to the new facility.


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