The Waverly Consort turns 23 this year and is showing its age.
From the eclectic program to the pseudo-Renaissance costumes worn by leader Michael Jaffee and his nine colleagues, its concert at Ambassador Auditorium Tuesday reminded at least one listener of the 1960s rather than the 1560s.
The four instrumentalists and six singers performed more than a score of 15th- and 16th-Century compositions by Spanish and Portuguese composers. Among them were dances, variations, theater songs, motets, villancicos, romances and ensaladas .
The playing was musical and lively and the arrangements creative--sometimes too creative. The anonymous villancico "Sa qui turo zente pleta," for example, would have sounded more at home in a Latin dance hall.