Música Antigua de Albuquerque

 Hovey Corbin, Art Sheinberg, Ruth Helgeson, Dennis Davies-Wilson, Colleen Sheinberg, David McGuire

Photo by Cailin Nolte

Founded by local musician and early music enthusiast, John Truitt, Música Antigua de Albuquerque has been performing medieval, Renaissance and Baroque music since 1978.   In recognition of New Mexico's Hispanic tradition, the ensemble concentrated on the repertoire of Renaissance and medieval Spain in its early performances.  Soon, however, the organization began to broaden the scope of its repertoire, and its concerts have since featured music from many areas in Europe from the 13th-18th centuries.

Música Antigua has given guest performances throughout New Mexico, including Las Cruces, Silver City, Portales, Hobbs, Taos, Tucumcari, Los Alamos, Socorro, Grants, Corrales, Cedar Crest, Tomé, and Mountainair.  The ensemble has given joint performances with the Sangre de Cristo Chorale and the Coro de Cámara, and has collaborated with the Cathedral Church of St. John in productions of the medieval Play of Daniel and T. S. Eliot's Murder in the Cathedral.  In 2002, the group performed for the Southwest Repertory Theater's Shakespeare Festival.  The ensemble has also given tour performances in Houston and Milwaukee.  In addition to its concert series and guest performances, Música Antigua gives frequent lecture-demonstrations of early music and instruments to adults and students of all ages.

Música Antigua is the recipient of the Albuquerque Arts Alliance's 2002 Bravo Award for Excellence in Music, an honor of which we are exceedingly proud.  Música Antigua has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, New Mexico Arts, the New Mexico Endowment for the Humanities, the McCune Charitable Foundation, the New Mexico Quincentenary Commission, the Santa Fe Arts Commission, and the City of Albuquerque Urban Enhancement Trust Fund.  The ensemble has released four recordings on CD.  "A Rose of Swych Virtu" was released by Dorian Recordings of New York and has won critical acclaim both in the U.S. and abroad.  A second CD, "The Sport of Love," also on the Dorian label, was released in 1999.  "Music to the Max" and "Round and Round We Go" were self-produced by the ensemble.  All recordings are available directly from Música Antigua de Albuquerque.

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"If it's a magic carpet back to the dark reverence of medieval churches or the drunken revelry of Renaissance courts that you want, Música Antigua de Albuquerque has just the right spell to whisk you there." -- The New Mexican

"Música Antigua's choice of repertoire is inspired. Its selection of instruments for each work reflects a sensitive and imaginative use of sound colors." -- The Albuquerque Journal

"Música Antigua turned in an admirable performance....and thanks to the superb program notes and the comments made throughout, we were transported to a great hall in a castle somewhere outside of time and space. We were royally entertained." -- The New Mexican

"An impressively panoramic vision." -- The Washington Post

Música Antigua de Albuquerque
1017 Roma NE
Albuquerque, NM 87106-4733
(505) 842-9613

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