In addition to his work as an accompanist, chamber musician and orchestral player, Benjamin’s concert programmes are an appealing addition to a concert season. Combining singers and instrumentalists, interpretation and improvisation, these unique programmes bridge the gap between early music, modern composition, popular song and poetry. Detailed programme information available on request.
PREMIERING IN MAY 2014: MUSICIANS ON THE EDGE
What happens when you take sheet music away from classical musicians? Lutenist-composer Benjamin Stein walks the improvisation tightrope in an evening of dances, songs and variations.
Special Guests: the Elixir Ensemble.
SHAKESPEARE IN THE CITY
Madrigals, improvisations and dances from the English Restoration and Renaissance eras, combined with
appealing modern settings of Shakespeare's most beautiful texts from King Lear, Twelfth Night and The Tempest.
MONTEVERDI 1610 VESPERS, PERFORMED BY ACCENTI VOCALI
One -to-a-part performance of Monteverdi's greatest vocal work, with Toronto's top choral singers and instrumentalists. Conducted and accompanied on theorbo.
DANCING ACROSS BAROQUE EUROPE
Instrumental and vocal dances of the European Baroque - tarantellas, ruggerios and chaconnes.
JAM SESSION WITH BACH
A selection of Bach's instrumental works combined with improvisations upon the Baroque ground basses and Lutheran Hymns that helped shape Bach's musical language (to be premiered February 2012).
FROM DOWLAND TO DYLAN
Designed for student audiences, this demonstration/concert explores the connections between Renaissance and Baroque lute music and modern popular song, tracing the origins of the modern guitar backward to the lute, and using musical examples as diverse as Steppenwolf, the Coasters, John Dowland and Bellerofonte Castaldi.