Tobias Theatre, Indianapolis Museum of Art
Some concerts run the risk of being too much of the same thing for too long. For me, a concert billed as Renaissance era Spanish music played on period instruments has red flags all over it. But, Fénix de los Ingenios, an early music ensemble devoted to Hispanic music, pulled it off. Their deep knowledge of the music and the performance practice
won over skeptics like me instantly. The concert, which was broken into six parts (each with a projection of a painting from the Sacred Spain exhibition) kept a consistent tone while not being boring. One brilliant way the group kept the interest was by changing the instrumentation between every piece. Of particular note were the pieces that featured two sopranos. The singers wove around each other with astoundingly confident agility. All the musicians performed in a way that benefited the group, rather than serving themselves.