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Piffaro delights audiences with highly polished recreations of the rustic music of the peasantry and the elegant sounds of the official wind bands of the late Medieval and Renaissance periods.  Its ever-expanding instrumentarium includes shawms, dulcians, sackbuts, recorders, krumhorns, bagpipes, lutes, guitars, harps, and a variety of percussion — all careful reconstructions of instruments from the period.

Under the direction of Artistic Directors Joan Kimball and Bob Wiemken, the world renowned pied-pipers of Early Music present an annual subscription concert series in the Philadelphia region; tour throughout the United States, Europe, Canada and South America; and appear as performers and instructors at major Early Music festivals. Recordings are a significant part of the ensemble’s work, and 18 CDs have been released since 1992, including 4 on the prestigious label Deutsche Grammophon/Archiv Produktion.

Piffaro has been active in the field of education since its inception in 1980, and has been honored twice for its work by Early Music America, receiving the “Early Music Brings History Alive” award in 2003, and the Laurette Goldberg “Lifetime Achievement Award in Early Music Outreach” in 2011. In June 2015, the American Recorder Society honored Piffaro with its Distinguished Achievement Award.

"Piffaro sits atop the early music scene as one of the world's top international ensembles."

-The Detroit News

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Piffaro; PRISM; and Hyunah Yu, soprano

Date: Wednesday, October 17, 2018 - 7:30 PM

Location: Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Ludwig: Our Long War
Ludwig: Josquin Microludes
Machaut: Works for Piffaro [Arr.]
Ludwig: The Anchoress [World Premiere]

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Support for The Anchoress has been provided to David Ludwig by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.

Visit the Society's blog to read our interview with David Ludwig.

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Piffaro w/ Matthew Glandorf, organ

Date: Sunday, April 30, 2006 - 8:00 PM

Location: St. Mark’s Church, 1625 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Program of works from England, Italy, Germany, Spain, and France featuring: CESARE BENDINELLI, MICHAEL PRAETORIUS, JOHANN WALTHER, WILLIAM BYRD, WILLIAM INGLOT, EMILIO DE CAVALIERI, LODOVICO VIADANA, ANDREA GABRIELI, TIMOTHY TIKKER, JEHAN TITELOUZE, CLAUDE LE JEUNE, CLí‰MENT JANEQUIN, JEHAN ALAIN, AND MATEO FLECHA.

The Detroit News

“Piffaro sits atop the early music scene as one of the world's top international ensembles.”

New York Times

“Energetic but fastidious performers: the recorder playing has a gorgeous, woody transparency; the reeds and sackbuts are raucous, bright and precisely tuned”

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