RareSong, a unique First Coast Renaissance Ensemble, will present the Wednesday, May 13 chamber concert. Since 2015, RareSong has searched out the music that would have been known to colonists, either at home or here in their new homes in Florida. RareSong is composed of seven professionally trained musicians singing and performing on recorders, viola da gamba, harpsichord and other historical instruments. The ensemble dresses in garb of the Renaissance era and often adds a little drama to their productions.
RareSong has presented 21 concerts in Jacksonville, St. Augustine, Green Cove Springs, and Penney Farms. The concert themes have included Spanish music, English music focusing on Sir Francis Drake, the Reformation, a First Coast Christmas, St. Francis and a madrigal comedy. Music associated with early Europeans in Florida is featured. Records show that both Menendez, the founder of St. Augustine, and the colonists of Fort Caroline brought musical instruments with them and that local Florida natives learned some of this music.