Renaissance Fare Archive

Spring 2020 Programming

Renaissance Fare in March concentrated on the music of the great kings! We heard recordings by Early Music New York, the Folger Consort, the Baltimore Consort, and other popular groups playing music of the Renaissance period. The program aired on Monday, March 9, at 7:00 p.m. and had a repeat broadcast Sunday, May 15, at 5:00 p.m.

Renaissance Fare in April celebrated the beauty and hope of Easter time and spring. Our April edition aired on Monday, April 13, at 7:00 p.m. and had a repeat broadcast on Sunday, April 19, at 5:00 p.m.

During Renaissance Fare in May we were thinking, “Summer is a-coming.” It’s amazing how many great Renaissance tunes there are about this most popular season of the year. We played music that accompanies the traditional dancing around the May pole on Monday, May 11, at 7:00 p.m. There was a repeat broadcast on Sunday, May 17, at 5:00 p.m. Here is the playlist.

Summer 2020 Programming

Renaissance Fare in June featured interesting biographical facts about some of the top composers of the Renaissance period. We know a lot about Bach, Handel, Beethoven, and Mozart. But what about John Dowland, Josquin des Prez, Thomas Morley, and Michael Praetorius? Listen and learn! The program aired on Monday, June 8, at 7:00 p.m. and had a repeat broadcast on Sunday, June 14, at 5:00 p.m.

In addition to lutes and stringed instruments, horns of many types were very popular as well, especially for dance music. The July edition of Renaissance Fare featured  Canadian BrassEmpire Brass, and other groups who play wonderful horn arrangements from the Renaissance period. It aired on Monday, July 13, at 7:00 p.m. and had a repeat broadcast on Sunday, July 19, at 5:00 p.m.

We wrapped up the summer with some of the best recordings by the most popular Renaissance groups today—the Toronto ConsortFolger ConsortPiffaro, the Renaissance Band; the Baltimore Consort; and much more. This edition of Renaissance Fare was heard on Monday, August 10, at 7:00 p.m., and had a repeat broadcast on Sunday, August 16, at 5:00 p.m.

Photo of Piffaro, the Renaissance Band by Church Street Studios