Piffaro, The Renaissance Band, Receives $10K NEA Grant
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Acting Chairman Joan Shigekawa announced today that Piffaro, The Renaissance Band is one of 895 nonprofit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant. Piffaro, The Renaissance Band is recommended for a $10,000 grant to support Dresden Vespers 1619, with a special guest from Boston, the highly esteemed Renaissance choral ensemble, Blue Heron (blueheronchoir.org).
In 1619, the three great German composers Michael Praetorius, Heinrich Schütz, and Samuel Scheidt found themselves in Dresden, where together they contributed to the festive masses and vespers of the court chapel of the Elector JohAnn George I (a convert to the reformation principles of Martin Luther). Piffaro will celebrate that remarkable musical meeting by recreating an Advent Vespers service in the Reformed tradition of the early 17th century, to take place in December of 2014. The concert will be re-broadcast in its entirety on WWFM's Distant Mirror early music show and selections will be featured on American Public Media's Performance Today. Philadelphia has a rich German culture, and community engagement activities will take place in conjunction with the project to forge an appreciation of the important early contributions these great composers made to the great Germanic tradition in classical music.
Acting Chairman Shigekawa said, "The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support these exciting and diverse arts projects that will take place throughout the United States. Whether it is through a focus on education, engagement, or innovation, these projects all contribute to vibrant communities and memorable experiences for the public to engage with the arts."
Art Works grants support the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence: public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and enhancing the livability of communities through the arts. The NEA received 1,528 eligible Art Works applications, requesting more than $75 million in funding. Of those applications, 895 are recommended for grants for a total of $ 23.4 million.