Have Yourself a Medieval Little Christmas

In the mood for a medieval Christmas? Then this is your ticket. The award-winning ensemble Ciaramella, featuring pristine vocals and a fascinating array of early instruments, explores the songs and poetry of 14th-century composer-poet extraordinaire Guillaume de Machaut, who reached the height of literary and musical accomplishment thanks to the patronage of the art- and music-loving Duke of Berry. Ciaramella β€” which takes its name from the Italian folk shawm β€” performs love songs by Machaut and songs inspired by his poetry; allegorical motets; sacred music; music of the Hundred Years War; and rustic dances that would have been heard in those glittering fields illuminated in the famed medieval book of hours, the Belles Heures. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition β€œThe Belles Heures of the Duke of Berry.” Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Dr., Brentwood; Sat., Dec. 13, 8 p.m.; $20, $15 students & seniors. (310) 440-7300 or

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