Ars Nova Singers

music beyond words

Boulder, Colorado USA

(303) 499-3165

Specializing in a cappella music of the Renaissance and the 20th and 21st centuries, Ars Nova Singers of Boulder, Colorado is presenting its 30th concert season in 2015-2016. The professional-core vocal ensemble conducted by founding Artistic Director Thomas Edward Morgan is composed of 36 selectively auditioned choral musicians from the Denver/Boulder metropolitan region.

Upcoming Performances

Music of the Renaissance: Voices & Viols

Saturday, February 25, 2017, 7:30pm – St. John’s Episcopal Church, Boulder
Sunday, February 26, 2017, 4:00pm – St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Denver

Ars Nova Singers and STRING present two performances of music for voices and viols from Renaissance England and Scotland. The English verse anthem was one of the most popular forms of composition in the Chapel Royal from the 16th to 18th centuries, providing a showcase for the talents of the composers and virtuoso performers of the time. These chamber works include verses for solo singers accompanied by viols, alternating with passages for full chorus. Our program features three major works in this genre by Thomas Morley, William Byrd, and Orlando Gibbons. The program will also include motets by Byrd; madrigals by Michael East; Robert Carver’s rarely-performed soaring motet O bone Jesu for 19 voices, written for James IV, King of Scots; and more.  Join us!

“This is music that I particularly love: Renaissance polyphony is truly music for singers, and to combine the voices with the gorgeous sound of the viols creates a very special musical and emotional experience.”
–  Artistic Director Thomas Edward Morgan

Founded in 2016 by artistic director Ann Marie Morgan, STRING is an ensemble of three musicians, performing music from the Renaissance on all members of the Viola da Gamba family of instruments. Residents of the Denver/Boulder area of Colorado, Ann, Sandy and Sarah join together to form a consort of viols, ever popular amongst professional and amateur players alike during the late 16th and early 17th centuries in Europe.  While the greatest expanse of the repertoire comes from the likes of William Byrd, Henry Purcell and their English colleagues, there is a wealth of works written to suit the viol consort from other parts of Europe.

Ann Marie Morgan
Sarah Biber
Sandra Miller

 


Rachmaninoff: The Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, op. 31

Friday, April 28, 2017, 7:30pm – St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Denver
Saturday, April 29, 2017, 7:30pm – St. John’s Episcopal Church, Boulder

Last season, we celebrated the centenary of Rachmaninoff’s Vespers; by audience request, this season we’ll present the “other a cappella choral masterpiece” by the Russian master, composed in 1909.