Love is in the air--and it stinks!
Posted 2/8/2016

Sorab Wadia, Lauren AlfanoEnsemble Leonarda (Susan Graham, flute; Claire Smith, violin; Arnie Tanimoto, gamba; Nancy Kito, harpsichord) will present a program entitled "Damn! Love Is Just a Four-Letter Word" on Sunday, February 21, 2016, at the French Church du St. Esprit, 109 East 60th Street, New York City. The program features music of Telemann, Purcell, Monteclair and Monteverdi exploring stories of love gone wrong. Tickets are $20; students and seniors $15. For further information about this concert and the rest of Ensemble Leonarda's season, please visit www.ensembleleonarda.com.

Harpsichordist Nancy Kito, a founding member, explains: “Let’s face it, the path to love is never smooth. The really interesting, juicy stories are about thwarted love, unrequited love and love gone wrong. Guinevere and King Arthur, fine, but the Guinevere and Lancelot story is much more interesting. More...

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