Thais St. Julien

Co-Host, Continuum

Thaïs St. Julien has performed everything from Gregorian chant to Gershwin, appearing in recitals, concerts and opera across the U.S.  The New Orleans native is co-director (with founder Milton Scheuermann)of New Orleans Musica da Camera, performing music of the 11th through 19th centuries.  She created and directs the group’s  women’s vocal ensemble, Vox Feminae, sometimes writing and arranging music for them. She and Scheuermann co-host the ensemble’s weekly program of early music, Continuum, aired on  WWNO 89.9FM, streamed on wwno.org. Twelve Musica da Camera productions featuring the soprano as soloist have been broadcast on National Public Radio, American Public Radio and Public Radio International.

Her passion for 18th and 19th century New Orleans music has led to lectures and performances across the country. She was featured on the internationally acclaimed series “Creole Cameos” produced by WWNO, and “Arc Light”, a video series produced by Amistad Research Center. The soprano has recorded for the Newport Classics, Centaur, Belle Alliance and Clark Constructions record labels. Her closest brush with the movies was as historic music advisor for “Interview with the Vampire”.

Recipient of the 2007 Louisiana Artist Fellowship in Music, St. Julien is also a SouthernArtistry.org artist, and has received a Gambit “Tribute to the Classical Arts” Life Time Achievement Award and the Historic District Landmarks Commission’s Pioneer in Preservation Honor Award. She’s also profiled in several Marquis “Who’s Who” publications.

When not reading a mystery novel or doing historical research, she’s a magician, (it’s a performance art, after all, not that much different from music). She also belongs to some nifty organizations - the International Brotherhood of Magicians, the Society of American Magicians, the Knights of Slights and Mensa.

Ways to Connect

This Continuum program presents three recorder concertos composed by three important contemporary English composers. They are: Richard Harvey, Sir Malcolm Arnold and Gordon Jacob.

This Continuum presents a program of early music related to a number of important Kings of the past, including King Rene, Henry VIII, Richard the Lion-Hearted and a few more. Performers include a number of well-known early music music ensembles. Recordings used are: At the Court of King Rene (Ensemble Perceval) - Arion ARN 68104, Henry VIII and His Six Wives (Early Music Consort of London) - Testament SBT 1250, Music for the Lion-Hearted King (Gothic Voices) - Hyperion CDAA66336, and The King’s Musick (Ricercare für Alte Musik, Zurich) - EMI 724382648826.

Continuum presents a recording by the Norwegian female vocal ensemble, Trio Mediaeval. The title Ladymass refers not to the female singers but to the mass’s association with the Assumption of the blessed Virgin. In fact, it is extremely unlikely that women would have performed this music originally. It was written by and for the 13th century Benedictine monks of the Abbey of St. Mary’s, in Worcester, England. Recordings used are: A Worcester Ladymass (Trio Mediaeval ) - ECM New Series 2166, and, O Greenest Branch (New Orleans Musica da Camera) - Belle Alliance BA002.

The Flanders Recorder Quartet from Belgium has been playing concerts since 1987. They are one of the most recognized recorder quartets performing today. This Continuum program presents excerpts from their CD, Magic. They are joined by some of their close early music friends. Recorders used vary from six inches long to seven feet tall. The CD used is Magic - Opus 111 OPS 30-272.

The 1928 silent movie film, “The Passion of Joan of Arc”, greatly inspired American composer Richard Einhorn to write his monumental oratorio, “Voices of Light” in 1994. This Continuum presents a recording of a major portion of that work performed by Anonymous 4, other vocal and instrumental soloists with the Netherlands Radio Choir and Radio Philharmonic. Recordings used are: Voices of Light (Anonymous 4 et al) - Sony Classical SK 62006, and A l’Estampida (Dufay Collective) - Continuum CCD 1042.

This Continuum presents a program featuring the female vocal ensemble known as “Tapestry”. The Boston-based vocal group was founded by member Laurie Monahan in the 1980s and combines a repertoire of music from the medieval to the contemporary periods. This program features the recordings “Sapphire Night”, “The Fourth River’, and “Song of Songs Come into my Garden”. The so-named Tapestry recordings used are: Musikproduction MDG 344 1193-2, Telarc CD-80534, and Telarc CD

This Continuum program is devoted to the music of the Ars Subtilior (subtle art), an early musical style characterized by rhythmic and notational complexity, centered in Paris, Avignon in southern France, also in northern Spain at the end of the fourteenth century and in southern France in the 14th century. Often the term is used in contrast with Ars Nova, which applies to the musical style of the preceding period from about 1310 to about 1370.

Continuum presents a program devoted to Renaissance music performed on two of the most popular musical instruments of that period, the viola da gamba and, the lute. Performers include Ron McFarlane, Paul O'Dette and the famous Jodi Savall, all well known masters of their instruments.

This week,  Continuum features The Early Music Ensemble Gilles Binchois, now in its thirtieth year of performing medieval church music. The musicians are named after one of the most important composers of the 15th century Burgundian School. Your'll hear them perform Guillaume de Machaut’s 14th century Mass of Notre Dame, the first medieval polyphonic setting of a mass by a known single composer. The setting of this mass is thought to have been composed specifically for the Cathedral of Rheims.

This Continuum presents a program of early English music performed by a unique ensemble known as The King's Noyse, the leading North American Renaissance-style violin, viola and cello ensemble.

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