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The Flame of Love: The Legend of Tristan and Iseult
Date Sunday May 11
Time 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Event Type Concert/Show
Organizer/AuthorSanta Cruz Baroque Festival
Emailinfo [at]
AddressP.O. Box 482; Santa Cruz, CA 95061
Location Details
UCSC Music Center Recital Hall (Heller & Meyer Drives, Santa Cruz, CA)
Santa Cruz Baroque Festival presents its
FINAL 2008 Season Concert

The Flame of Love: The Legend of Tristan and Iseult
Patrick Ball (harp, narration) & the Medieval Beasts: Shira Kammen (vielle, medieval harp, and voice), and Tim Rayborn (harp, voice, lute, and psaltery).

Day and Time: Sunday, May 11, 2008 starting at 7:30pm, followed by a meet-the-artist reception for our subscribers (Season and Flex Pass) and esteemed donors.
Location: UCSC Music Center Recital Hall (Heller & Meyer Drives, UC Santa Cruz campus).

Program Information: A legend of Celtic origin that predates the Arthurian tale of Lancelot and Guinevere, this medieval romance is filled with love, passion, magic, and death. The faithful knight Tristan is called upon to deliver Iseult, an Irish princess, to her future husband, the King of Cornwall. Yet, while traversing the waves of the Irish Sea, a mix-up involving a potion determines their joint but tragic fate.

For most modern music-listeners, the primary reference-point to this legend is undoubtedly Richard Wagner's prominent opera "Tristan and Isolde" (premiered 1865). Yet this tale from the Dark Ages has been retold across the centuries and artistic genres. Patrick Ball's discovery of the romance some 20 ago eventually inspired his own interpretation of the narrative: "We tell this magnificent story much as a medieval storyteller would have done. . . . In Medieval times a storyteller looked into the eyes of his audience and told a tale" - using neither props nor scenery, but only words and the limitless imagination of the engaged listener. "The instruments - the harp, the vielle, the lute, the psaltery, and percussion - were all carried and played by this storyteller and those who accompanied him." Indeed, the music performed features pieces well-known to medieval audiences at the time.

This concert concludes our 2008 series of season concerts titled Musical Legends. A meet-the-Artist reception follows for subscribers and donors.

Admission: $2 K-12 & UCSC students, $16 std/sen, $25 gen, $40-65 3-ticket Flex Passes
Ticket Outlets: SC Baroque Festival (, 831-457-9693), UCSC Ticket Ofc (831-459-2159), SC Tickets (, Civic Center Box Ofc.
Parking: UCSC charges $2 (cash) for weekend and evening parking.

Coming Up Soon: Music in the Gardens Tour (SUN, May 25: 1 to 5 pm)
~ 5 gardens, 5 music groups, nature, snacks, drinks, and wine ~

Last But Not Least: Boomeria Organ Concert & Crawl (SAT, July 12: 1 to 5 pm)
~ organ music in the woods with a tour of the grounds, snacks, drinks, and wine ~

More information on all events at our website:

Alissa Roedig, General Manager
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Phone: 831-457-9693 | Email: scbaroque [at]
2008 Season: Musical Legends | Celebrating our 35th Anniversary!

Events in MAY:

Concert V - The Flame of Love: TRISTAN and ISEULT
Featuring Patrick Ball & the Medieval Beasts: Shira Kammen and Tim Rayborn
Sunday, May 11 at 7:30pm | UCSC Music Ctr Recital Hall

Music in the Gardens Tour (10th annual!)
Sunday, May 25 from 1-5pm | 5 Santa Cruz area gardens

Added to the calendar on Saturday May 3rd, 2008 7:06 PM
§Shira Kammen
by Santa Cruz Baroque Festival Saturday May 3rd, 2008 7:06 PM
§Tim Rayborn
by Santa Cruz Baroque Festival Saturday May 3rd, 2008 7:06 PM

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