Allan Kelly

Program Host

Allan Kelly is host of Distant Mirror which airs Fridays at 10 pm.

Allan has been hosting Distant Mirror since 1992. His interest in classical music goes back to the early seventies when he worked an overnight shift at KWAV in Monterey, California while attending UC Santa Cruz by day studying medieval and Renaissance history.  During his air shift he would play much early music which seemed to provide a perfect ambience for study. His program director, who was also a cellist in the local orchestra, became a good friend and mentor.

In 1976 he received his Masters in Medieval/Renaissance studies from Rutgers University and went on to teach Western civ courses for a short time at Spartanburg College in South Carolina. He has worked nearly every musical format over the years, including a ten-year gig at WSSH in Boston. But classical music has always been his format of choice and in the nineties when he began here at WWFM he was at long last able to combine his love of medieval/Renaissance history with the music from both those periods. Distant Mirror has also afforded him the opportunity to meet local early music musicians, and every fall he emcees a yearly Early Music festival. 

He is fortunate that his companion Judy (whom he calls Lady J)  is also a classical music enthusiast, and they spend much of our time attending local and regional concerts.  Having played guitar in his youth - although not very well - his goal is to someday have a go on the lute.

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Tournai Mass on Friday's Distant Mirror

Jun 14, 2018

On Friday's Distant Mirror hear the late 13th--early 14th century Tournai Mass, the very first complete mass, that is, the first mass in which the ordinary remained fixed, although the mass movements were composed by several anonymous scribes.  The Trio Medaieval performs.  There's also music of King Henry VIII of England, who, when not beheading wives or detroying monasteries, had time to write some happening tunes, such as the suite "Rose without a Thorn" written while wooing Anne Boleyn. The Philip Jones Brass Ensemble performs.  Join Allan Kelly at 10pm.

Dances, fantasias and popular tunes for Queen Elizabeth I's Violin Band on Friday's Distant Mirror: Anonymous 16th Century music performed by the Parley of Instruments conducted by Peter Holman. Then rare  15th century English church music  featuring pieces by Walter Lamb and John Dunstable performed by the Orlando Consort from their cd The Call of the Phoenix.  Join Allan Kelly at 10pm.

Jordi Savall and Hesperion XX I visit Distant Mirror Friday night with Elizabethan consort music from the cd "Teares of the Muses":  Pavans, galliards and almans of Anthony Holborne from his  collection of 1599, which was the first printed collection of dance music to appear in England. Join Allan Kelly at 10pm. 

There's some great  Renaissance dance music on Friday night's Distant Mirror as the Clemencic Consort performs from the collections of Pierre Phalese, Claude Gervaise and Pierre Attaignant.  Also on the program, the conclusion of the mass cycle of William Byrd as the Tallis Scholars under Peter Phillips perform the Mass for 5 Voices.  Join Allan Kelly at 10pm. 

Hear both sacred and secular music by William Byrd on this Friday's Distant Mirror. First, the Choir of Winchester Cathedral under the direction of David Hill performs the Byrd Mass for 3 Voices; then two consort pieces: The Leaves be Green and a praeludium and ground, both featuring Capriccio Stravagante under Skip Sempe.  Join Allan Kelly at 10pm. 

The Martin Best Ensemble visit Distant Mirror Friday night with several of the Cantigas of Santa Maria from the 13th century court of King Alfonso X, the Wise, of Castille.  These songs are in honor of the Virgin Mary in the tradition of the Provencal troubadours.  Also on the program: The Tallis Scholars perform William Byrd's Mass  for 4 Voices.  Join Allan Kelly at 10pm.  

It's the music of 13th century French composer Adam de la Halle on this week's Distant Mirror.  Adam was a trouveres in the service of Robert of Anjou, brother of Louis IX.  He wrote chansons, motets nd rondos and you can hear several of these performed by the Dufay Collective from their cd On the Banks of the Seine.  Join Allan Kelly Friday night at 10. 

The Ensemble Clement Janequin visits Distant Mirror Friday night with the top tunes of the 1550's from their collection called Fricasee Parisienne: Popular Chansons from the French Renaissance. We know of the popularity of these pieces since they were reprinted several times during the century.  Hear selections by Sandrin, Sermisy, Crequillon and others.  Also on the program: the Terpsichore Dances of Michael Praetorius with the Early Music Consort of London led by David Munrow.  Join Allan Kelly at 10 pm. 

The Capella Cordina under the direction of Alejandro Planchart was one of the most exceptional and prodigious early music vocal ensembles of the 1970's.  On Friday night's Distant Mirror hear them perform a beautiful mass by the 16th century Spanish master Cristobal de Morales, his  Mass for the Armed Man. Join Allan Kelly at 10pm. 

Leonin and Perotin were masters of music at Notre Dame cathedral Paris around the year 1200, just after the great edifice was built, and they were the first composers that we know about who employed polyphony.  On Friday's Distant Mirror hear their Viderunt Omnes and Sederunt Principes performed by the Early Music Conssort of London and the Hilliard Ensemble. There's also some secular music for good measure as the Newberry Consort performs music for a medieval banquet.  Join Allan Kelly at 10pm. 

Norwegian soprano saxophonist Jan Garbarek joins the Hilliard Ensemble on Friday's Distant Mirror with selections from that award winning 1994 CD  Officium, including two 14th century Czech pieces and a selection by Cristobal de Morales.  Then we pay tribute to the ground breaking early music ensemble Musica Reservata with selections from medieval France and Italy. And there are two pieces by  Saint Colombe for two bass viols performed by Les Voix Humaines.  Join Allan Kelly at 10pm. 

Soprano Emma  Kirkby  joins Gothic Voices on Friday night's Distant Mirror with three selections of 12th century abbess and mystic Hildegard of Bingen from the cd A Feather on the Breath of God. Then Ms. Kirkby is  joined by lutenist Anthony Rooley for selections of John Dowland from  his last sone cycle A Pilgrim's Solace.  Join Allan Kelly at 10.

For most of the 14th century the papacy was situated in Avignon in the south of France. The Avignonese  popes were great patrons of the arts, especially music, where the liturgy for the mass and divine offices were influenced to a great extent by the practices of the ars nova.  On Friday's Distant Mirror the Ensemble Venance Fortunat and La Schola of the university of Tours perform music from the popes' palace at Avignonese from the CD Altera Roma.  Join Allan Kelly at 10pm.  

Nearly all early music enthusiasts are familiar with the Cantigas of Santa Maria of Alfonso the Wise, those delightful 13th century pieces describing the miraculous intervention of the Virgin in healing all kinds of human ailments and misfortunes.  But did you know that a collection of secular music may also have existed at Alfono's court?  The Dufay Collective have done exhaustive research on the instruments of the day and the secular styles then in vogue andhave put together a program of secular music that very well may have existed at the court.  Hear some of these pieces on Fri

Distant Mirror: Feb. 23

Feb 23, 2018

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