Le Jardin de Mélodies: A Parisian Renaissance Entertainment


This spring, join the Newberry Consort for a journey back in time to the 16th-century royal courts of five influential French monarchs.

Le Jardin de Mélodies, directed by David Douglass, features a violin band, percussion, and renowned lutenists Paul O’Dette and Charles Weaver, along with a vocal consort led by the Consort’s Co-Artistic Director, Ellen Hargis. 

Le Jardin de Mélodies focuses on music that was popular among the kings of the Valois dynasty, along with tunes that were performed in the city and the countryside during their reign. This unique program brings together raucous dance music, ceremonial tunes, ballads for solo voice as well as polyphonic music for voices, all of which reveal the richness of the French Renaissance repertoire. The violin band will feature violins, violas, and bass violins. Percussionist Dan Meyers will play multiple instruments, including recorders, drums, tambourine, bagpipe, and pipe and tabor. O’Dette and Weaver will play a variety of plucked string instruments including Renaissance guitars, lutes, and citterns, which are metal-strung, flat-backed plucked instruments similar in shape to the modern mandolin.



Sunday, April 7, 2019 at 3 p.m.

Galvin Recital Hall, 70 Arts Circle Dr., Evanston

Tickets $40-$50. Student tickets $5 at the door. Purchase tickets

Pre-concert lectures start 30 minutes before each performance.

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