Hidden Masterpieces of the Renaissance
February 23, 2018 - Heart of Longmont UMC, 350 11th Ave., Longmont
February 24, 2018 - St. John’s Episcopal Church, Boulder
February 25, 2018 - St. Paul Community of Faith, Denver (afternoon matinee, 4:00pm)
With special guest artists Solis
The 16th century is a true “Golden Age” of music for voices. The repertoire of Renaissance polyphony in this era is vast and varied, and while much has been explored, researched, recorded, and performed, there are still many hidden masterpieces to be discovered. Our program features works from the northern European Franco-Flemish masters Johannes Ockeghem, Antoine Brumel, and Orlando di Lasso; English composers John Taverner and William Byrd; and Italian composers Constanzo Porta and Orazio Vecchi.
Ars Nova Artistic Director Thomas Edward Morgan: “This program explores a range of unusual motets, from the striking chromaticism of Orlando di Lasso’s motet cycle Prophetiae Sibyllarum; to the rich sonic world of the 36-voice canon by Ockeghem; to the long flowing lines of Tavener and Byrd; to a work by Vecchi that likely hasn’t been performed in 400 years. This is music that singers love, as everyone has the melody all the time, and the voices intertwine in intricate and constantly fascinating ways.” Join us for luminous, heavenly sounds!
Solis is a vocal ensemble consisting of five male voices focusing on music of the Renaissance and modern period. The singers bring a joy of music to their audiences and have brought both early music and popular tunes to young and old alike.Established in 2016 with the name Uomini Vecchi, Solis (directed by Brian du Fresne) continues to use a vocal lineup of soprano, alto, tenor, baritone and bass. Read more about Solis on their website.
PROGRAM WILL INCLUDE:
John Taverner, Quemadmodum
Orlando di Lasso, Prophetiae Sibyllarum (selections)
Lasso, Mira loquor (à 10)
Antoine Brumel, Lamentations of Jeremiah (TB)
Gesualdo, “Io parto” e non piú dissi (Madrigals, Book 6)
Morales, Et ecce stella
Constanza Porta, Missa Ducalis: Sanctus/Benedictus, Agnus Dei (à 13)
Johannes Ockeghem, Deo gratias (canon for 36 voices)
Orazio Vecchi, Assumpta est Maria
Vecchi, Alleluia laudem dicite
Nicholas Gombert, Virgo sancta Katherina (SA)
William Byrd, Ne irascaris Domine
Vecchi, Benedicite omnia opera Domini
The New Art: Music Beyond Words
April 27, 2018 - Bethany Lutheran Church, Denver
April 28, 2018 - St. John’s Episcopal Church, Boulder
Music on the edge: adventurous exploration of the sound, color, and expression of the human voice. The program will feature modern masterworks and music by the winners of our 7th Colorado Composers Competition. Think globally, sing locally!
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