Early Music Now
Sundays @ 4pm

Early Music Now is a one-hour program showcasing music from the Middle Ages, Renaissance and early Baroque: from sonorous medieval chant and polyphony to delightful renaissance madrigals, dances, and consort music to magnificent baroque cantatas and keyboard music. Host Sara Schneider brings knowledge, charm, and passion to her presentation of seven hundred years of music history. From the latest recordings by today’s vibrant young ensembles, to classics from the dawn of the early music revival, Early Music Now makes this repertoire accessible and enjoyable to a wide audience.


Le Gout Français:  French music is always in good taste, and this week's program showcases works by Baroque composers Lully, Rameau, and Muffat, among others, with performances by Elisabeth Ullmann, Musica Antiqua Cologne and Les Talents Lyriques.


Celtic Sounds:  This week's program takes us to Ireland and Scotland, with selections from The Celtic Viol featuring Jordi Savall, 14 Tales of Mystery with Quadriga Consort, and tracks from a recent release by Ronn McFarlane called The Celtic Lute.


Sounds of Nature:  In the spring a young composer's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of music (apologies to Tennyson)! This week's program celebrates the return of spring with music about nature by Le Jeune, Rebel, Vivaldi, Marais and more!


Viennese Imports:  The Habsburg emperors loved music, and staffed their court orchestras with the best and the brightest.  This week's show introduces composers from Flanders and Italy who made their way to the imperial court in Vienna. Included are madrigals by Jean Guyot and Jacob Regnart, sung by Cinquecento, and instrumental works by Neri and Buonamente performed by Musica Fiata.


Totally Telemann:  Georg Philipp Telemann is famous for being the most prolific composer in history- he wrote more than Bach and Handel combined! This program presents some of Telemann's lesser-known works, including moral cantatas and fantasies from a recent release from Hamburger Ratsmusik.


Music for Holy Week:  This week's show presents music for Holy Week, including Tenebrae Responses for Maundy Thursday by Tomas Luis de Victoria, selections from Lagrime di San Pietro by Orlando di Lasso, Passion music by Bach and Buxtehude, and more! We'll hear performances by Cantus Colln, Tenebrae and Ars Nova.


Joyful Eastertide:  Early Music Now celebrates Easter with an uplifting program including William Byrd's Mass Propers for Easter, an 11th century mass sung by Ensemble Gilles Binchois, settings of Surrexit Christus Hodie and more!