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Barbara Strozzi (disputed) by Bernardo Strozzi

The Gamba Player (thought to be Barbara Strozzi)

by Bernardo Strozzi (1581-1644)

An Evening of Lute Songs
Works of Barbara Strozzi
Hannah Penn, Mezzo Soprano
Hideki Yamaya, Theorbo



7:30 PM, July 5, 2018
Black Walnut Inn & Vineyard
9600 NE Worden Hill Road,
Dundee, OR 97115
Che si puo fare (Strozzi) - Hannah Penn and Hideki Yamaya

Venetian Baroque composer Barbara Strozzi (1619-1677) was prolific, successful, and innovative by any standard – but for a woman living in this period, her accomplishments are even more remarkable. A respected member of the Accademia degli Unisoni and a pupil of Cavalli, during her lifetime she published over 127 pieces, and was respected as a singer, instrumentalist, and composer. Strozzi had the good fortune to grow up surrounded by great literary and musical minds, in the epicenter of opera’s birth. The illegitimate daughter of Venetian poet Guilio Strozzi, Strozzi supported herself and her four children through her musical efforts, an unprecedented achievement for a woman of this era. Her works are powerful, sensual, dramatic, and moving. Her output is incredibly varied and radical in its harmonic language. Barbara grew up surrounded by great literary and musical minds, in the epicenter of opera’s birth, and made glorious use of the education, exposure, and opportunities afforded to her.

Hideki Yamaya
Lute and Theorbo

Portland mezzo-soprano and Strozzi specialist Hannah Penn will join internationally  renowned Baroque specialist Hideki Yamaya performing on theorbo and Baroque guitar. In demand both as a soloist and as a continuo/chamber player, Mr. Yamaya has performed with and for Portland Baroque Orchestra, Portland Opera, Santa Cruz Baroque Festival, Baroque Northwest, Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Los Angeles Opera, California Bach Society, Oregon Bach Festival, and the Astoria Music Festival. He is one half of the Schneiderman-Yamaya Duo and is the artistic director for Musica Maestrale, an early music collective based in Portland.  He is an internationally acclaimed musician and has performed in Canada, Japan, Great Britain, Germany, and Italy.

Hannah Penn
Mezzo Soprano

Ms. Penn specializes in Baroque and modern music, and has been a frequent performer with Portland Opera, the Portland Baroque, the Seattle Baroque, and the Oregon Symphony. She has performed more than thirty operatic roles around the country and internationally. Ms. Penn will be heard in Portland Opera’s upcoming production of “As One”. She is on faculty at Portland State University and is the pre-show lecturer for Portland Opera.

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