Early music ensemble will perform live and host the public premiere of “The Last Haw,” a short silent western style film set to “Le Vertigo” by French baroque composer Joseph-Nicolas-Pancrace Royer. It’s the last public performance of Lumedia’s 2020-21 season.
FRISCO - Lumedia Musicworks will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, June 18, as the next act of Frisco’s Music in the Chamber series. The performance and silent, short film “The Last Haw” will be unveiled to the public in the city’s George A. Purefoy Municipal Center and will spotlight French composer Joseph-Nicolas-Pancrace Royer’s famous “Le Vertigo.”
It’s a sneak preview of what will be available to audiences starting at 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 2, worldwide via Lumedia’s website. Tickets for the Frisco show are $10 each for city residents and $15 each for nonresidents. The center is at 6101 Frisco Square Blvd. For information, call 972-293-6652 or go to https://www.friscotexas.gov/1491/Music-in-the-Chamber. Ages 16 and up are welcome.
“It’s been a great season for us, despite the pandemic forcing most of Lumedia’s performances online. We saw record donations and record registrations, including listeners and viewers from as far away as South Africa and Australia,” said Julianna Emanski, Lumedia’s artistic director and a Frisco resident. “We want to end our season by sharing a special performance for the city that has supported us since 2019.”
Nonprofit Lumedia is committed to performing and sharing early music in innovative ways and on historical reproductions of instruments from the baroque, renaissance and medieval periods, at historical pitch. Lumedia’s core team is highly trained in historically informed performance practices.
Lumedia received grants from the city in 2019 and 2020.
The performance will include Emanski, Molly Hammond of Houston, Christopher Phillpott of Frisco and Stephanie Noori of Westworth Village.
The story created for “The Last Haw” was inspired by and set to the music “Le Vertigo,” a harpsichord piece written in 1746. The silent western concept was the brainchild of Emanski and directed by Derrick Robert Brown of Dallas in the historic White Elephant Saloon in Fort Worth. Lumedia’s musicians record the music used in the ensemble’s short films.
The film will first be shown at a private fundraiser in June at the home of Patricia and Robert Brooks of Dallas. A second private fundraiser/showing is late-June at Hammond’s home in downtown Houston.
Lumedia’s 2021-22 season starts in the fall.