November 12: Mountainside Baroque Presents “Italia Mia” Mountainside Baroque’s 7th season, entitled “Festive Baroque: the Power of Music,” continues on Sunday, November 12, at 4 pm, with a performance titled “Italia Mia.” The concert will take place in the resonant acoustics of the Ballroom at The Allegany Museum in Cumberland, Maryland. A pre-concert talk will start at 3:30 in the Museum Ballroom. Italy was the center of the sixteenth century music innovations that eventually evolved into Baroque style. Mountainside Baroque’s concert will trace the development of this wonderful “Nuove Musiche” (new music) as it moves from the sixteenth to the seventeenth centuries. Leading the way in these changes was the madrigal, a form that was imitated throughout Europe. The multi-voice madrigal began in the early sixteenth century as a way to set renowned Italian poetry to music. Portrayal of the text in musical garb became paramount, often even resulting in harmonic manipulation that sounds almost modern to our ears. Another development in this new music was the appearance of madrigals for solo voice. These ideas became the major springboard for the Baroque. Tickets are available at the door, or in advance at www.mountainsidebaroque.org, via Eventbrite. For the most up to date information, visit the website (or call 301-338-2940).