- The 75th Season of Concerts 2016–2017
- LeStrange Viols
October 23 at 3:30
West Building, West Garden Court
Music from the Dutch Golden Age
The art and artists celebrated by the National Gallery of Art’s exhibition “Drawings for Paintings in the Age of Rembrandt” (October 4, 2017–January 2, 2017) were participants in the rich culture of art and music of the Dutch Golden age. Critically acclaimed ensemble LeStrange Viols offers a rare glimpse of this distinctive culture with a program of music associated with the Duarte family of seventeenth-century Antwerp. Of Portuguese Jewish origin, the Duartes settled in the Spanish Netherlands and Dutch Republic, where they established themselves as jewelers to royalty across Europe and cultivated close relationships with luminaries of the age such as poet and diplomat Constantijn Huygens and English composer John Bull, who taught the Duarte children music. The Duartes cultivated music and literature under their roof and the family’s collection of paintings by Dutch and Flemish masters was widely admired. Featuring chamber music by Leonora Duarte, John Bull, J.P. Sweelinck, and others, LeStrange’s program offers diverse and sumptuous music from the Duarte household that would have inspired the artists and patrons featured in the Gallery’s exhibition.
Presented in honor of Drawings for Paintings in the Age of Rembrandt