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As we all know, this year has been highly anticipated for one reason: the 400th anniversary of the Monteverdi Vespers. So it is natural that the Folger Consort, D.C.’s renaissance and early baroque chamber ensemble, would devote its entire season to the year 1610. In contrast to the liturgical and somewhat less obscure vespers, however, this weekend’s “Ballets and Brawls” program is more folk-oriented, featuring a variety of bawdy festival songs written by a bunch of no-name composers to be enjoyed by drunken peasants. The “brawls” in the title is a titillating misnomer, referring to a type of line dance popular in 17th century France, rather than anything involving bar stools and pool cues. Longtime Consort collaborators Rosa Lamoreaux (soprano) and William Sharp (baritone) will join Robert Eisenstein on the violin and Christopher Kendall on the lute.
THE CONCERT TAKES PLACE AT 2 P.M. (ALSO AT 8 P.M. ON FRIDAY AND 5 P.M. AND 8 P.M. ON SATURDAY) AT THE FOLGER SHAKESPEARE LIBRARY, 201 E. CAPITOL ST. SE. $35. (202) 544-7077.