Ojai Madrigali performs at Art Center

Come to the Ojai Center for the Arts and share a medieval experience with the Ojai Madrigal performing traditional Renaissance and medieval music -- a cappella madrigals, folk songs, chants and carols, almost all of it written prior to 1650.

This is a rare chance to hear the group perform on a stage in our storied theatre. Be in the audience and hear each soaring voice as they blend and intertwine in delicate harmonies, sometimes haunting, sometimes playful, in rich unison and complex counterpoint.

Madrigali seeks to bring this once wildly popular music back to life, not in some stuffy academic setting, but full of spirit, color, drama, and emotion s, romantic, fanciful, bawdy, and joyous.

The Madrigalis, under the direction of Jaye Hersh, turned 20 last year. Known for there participation in the Ojai Shakespeare Festival productions at Ojai’s Libbey Bowl they have traveled as far as Barcelona, Spain and Siena, Italy to joyfully perform their music.

"It's what many would consider Renaissance music," said Hersh. Hersh said their repertoire covers all different kinds of music, sacred and secular and that “madrigali was written for the joy of music. One of the first notated songs was a ten part round that we still sing today, providing the tune for 'Three Blind Mice', 'Row, Row, Row You're Boat', and ‘Frere a Jacque’."

The troupe will perform at 7:30 p.m. with tickets on sale at the door, $12 for Adults and $10 for Seniors, Students, and Art Center members. For more information call 272-5293.