Christ Church Cathedral
NOTE: Tickets go on sale Monday, April 3 at noon.
Artists: Servir Antico, directed by 2023 Artist-in-Residence Catalina Vicens
Founded and directed by Catalina Vicens, Servir Antico breathes new life into European vocal and instrumental music from the age of Renaissance humanism. With Our City of Ladies, the ensemble continues to explore The City of Ladies, an allegorical city conceived by Christine de Pizan (1364-1430) to defend and protect women and their right to education. Servir Antico’s journey is to expand the walls of the City started five centuries ago and to invite everyone to take part in its existence.
Servir Antico is an ensemble inspired by the legacy of Renaissance Humanism (an intellectual/cultural movement from the 13th to 16th century). The group was founded by Catalina Vicens, a musician and researcher specializing in Medieval and Renaissance repertoires who unites the power of acclaimed vocal and instrumental soloists (possessing extensive experience in historically-informed performance) with the desire to create an environment of respect and communication.
Servir Antico’s programs are designed to not only bring an almost forgotten repertoire to contemporary audiences, but to also immerse that audience in a multi-sensorial experience. Poetry, dramaturgy, and musical text transport the listener back to an era of dazzling creation, introspection and beauty. With the music and texts as a point of departure, projects of social engagement are an intrinsic part of each program.
Catalina Vicens, music director
Born in Chile and currently residing in Italy, Calatina Vicens is recognized by the international press as “one of the most interesting musicians in the field of early music.” Her approach to historically-informed performance and musicological research has led her to become one of the most versatile and sought-after historical keyboard performers and teachers of her generation.
In 2013 she founded ensemble Servir Antico, with whom she aims to shed light on the lesser-known repertoire and intellectual heritage of the Humanistic Period (13th-16th century) while using the concert stage to share with the audience the voices of these visionaries of the past, and to also using it to amplify new voices. In 2021, Ms. Vicens was named curator of the Tagliavini Collection in Italy, one of the largest historical keyboard collections in Europe, and artistic director of Museo San Colombano in Bologna. She is also harpsichord/research lecturer at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels (Belgium) and Visiting Professor of Harpsichord at Oberlin Conservatory (USA), amongst many other prestigious appointments.