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Texas Early Music Project produces the Texas premiere performance and new recording of "La Pellegrina: Music for a Medici Wedding".
Jenny Houghton
508 Facebook Friends
Austin, Texas
United States
5 Team Members

The La Pellegrina Project

Texas Early Music Project (TEMP) is embarking on an extraordinary venture: the U.S. premiere performance of La Pellegrina: Music for a Medici Wedding. First performed in 1589 for the spectacular Florentine wedding of Ferdinando de Medici to Christine de Lorraine, La Pellegrina is a musical tour de force of remarkable dimensions.

The 1589 Medici wedding is not just significant as an historic event, but the “intermedi” performed between the acts of the comedic play, La Pellegrina, are considered a beginning to the art form of opera. The innovative and complex music of the intermedi  was performed at the wedding in elaborate costumes on ingeniously constructed sets.

TEMP is presenting a concert version of this extravaganza, albeit without enormous sets and expensive costumes. All the same, this will be a monumental production featuring:

  • A pre-concert lecture by Sara Hessel of KMFA on the historical context of this breakthrough work in the development of music as we know it today
  • A stellar ensemble of over fifty voices and early music instrumentalists gathered from across the country to authentically recreate the music as first heard in the Italian Renaissance

  • Original poetic narrative written and performed by renowned linguist Lawrence Rosenwald, Anne Pierce Rogers Professor of American Literature at Wellesley College

  • A stunning finale that melodically interweaves seven separate choirs, ending effervescently with the music that took Renaissance Europe by storm for decades!

La Pellegrina: Music for a Medici Wedding will be performed twice, on September 13th and 14th, 2014, as the opening concert of TEMP’s 2014 – 2015 season. Both concerts will be recorded to produce a concert album, the first CD of all six intermedi  recorded in the United States.

The Budget

Our goal is to raise $15,890 (get the reference to 1589?) through this campaign towards total project costs exceeding $40,000. These funds will help to cover:

  • Artist Stipends
  • Artist Travel Expenses
  • Space Rental
  • Recording and CD Production


The production of La Pellegrina: Music for a Medici Wedding is a significant cultural event for Texas, the United States, and the early music community across the world. The September performance will generate the first American CD recording of La Pellegrina, and will be, as far as we've been able to determine, the first U.S. performance of all six intermedi  (our research found no evidence of any other, but please tell us if you know otherwise!). 

How You Can Help

Click the "Contribute Now" button to help us underwrite this concert and CD recording and receive perks ranging from the concert CD to our season's tote bag to concert tickets or CD's from previous TEMP concert seasons ( see http://www.early-music.org/recordings.html ) .

But we understand that not everyone is in a position to donate financially. You can still help us reach our goal by spreading the word of this concert to all who have a love of Renaissance and other early music for which we at TEMP have such passion. Just click on the email button at top (just below Danny's video) to generate an email about our Indiegogo campaign that you can send to your friends and family. 

Thank you for your support of this exciting project!

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This campaign ended on August 11, 2014
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  • $25USD

    You'll receive - an MP3 recording of one track from the concert - your name listed on the concert program as an underwriter - an e-newsletter with production updates from artistic director Danny Johnson.

    16 claimed
  • $50USD

    You'll receive all the NOVIZI perks PLUS - An MP3 recording of one entire intermedio from the concert

    22 claimed
  • $100USD

    You'll receive all the DONATORE perks PLUS - Our CD of the entire concert performance of La Pellegrina - Your name listed on our website as a concert underwriter

    56 claimed
  • $250USD

    You'll receive all AMICI perks PLUS - a TEMP concert season "Italia Mia: That's Amore!" tote bag

    12 claimed
  • $500USD

    You'll receive all APPASSIONATI perks PLUS - Two tickets to the concert OR your choice of 5 CDs recorded at previous TEMP concerts (see www.early-music.org/recordings.html for selections)

    5 claimed
  • $1,000USD

    You'll receive all APPASSIONATI perks PLUS - Four SPECIAL RESERVED seating tickets to the concert OR TEMP's entire collection of 10 CDs recorded at previous TEMP concerts (see www.early-music.org/recordings.html for selections)

    0 out of 10 claimed
  • $2,500USD

    You'll receive all PATRONI perks PLUS - An invitation for 4 to a post-performance reception with the artists - An invitation for 4 to an intimate, private TEMP concert (in central Texas)

    0 out of 5 claimed
  • $5,000USD
    Gran Maestro

    You'll receive all IL DUCA perks PLUS - A private performance by our Artistic Director and selected artists at your party or event (in central Texas) - Dedicated mention on home page of TEMP's website, and on all TEMP social media platforms for one year

    0 out of 3 claimed
  • $10,000USD

    Receive a customized benefits package, as well as public recognition and prominent acknowledgment as the exclusive presenting partner on all promotional and concert program materials

    0 out of 1 claimed
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