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2017 - 2018 Season Tickets
Pre-Concert Lecture - 7 pm*
Pre-Concert Lecture - 7 pm*
 Pre-Concert Lecture - 7 pm*
November 11, 2017, 8 pm
Christmas at the Court of Henry VIII

Missa Tecum Principium
Robert Fayrfax
March 3, 2018, 8 pm
Passion and Lamentation: Music for Holy Week

Music by Gesualdo, Tallis, Taverner, Morales and more
May 5, 2018, 8 pm
Music from the Sistine Chapel

Palestrina – Missa Papae Marcelli, Allegri – Miserere and more
Christmas courts were among the most splendid seasonal celebrations, and one of the few times a year that Henry VIII would have had a hand in the liturgical and musical planning of the many masses and offices. In the early years of his reign, the compositions of court composer and royal favorite Robert Fayrfax (1464-1521) would have figured prominently in these events. Fayrfax’s music is intensely spiritual, and the perfect musical complement to the glorious architecture of the chapels, churches, and cathedrals for which it was composed. Join us for a performance of Fayrfax’s splendid five-voice festal mass, the antiphon Eterne laudis lilium, composed for Henry’s mother Elizabeth of York, and hauntingly beautiful liturgical chant from the Sarum Graduale.
Each year, the Christian faithful undertake an emotional liturgical journey from the triumphal entry into Jerusalem, through the Last Supper, the Crucifixion, to the moment just before the Resurrection. Music from the liturgies of Holy Week reflects the full range of emotions inspired by the most highly charged week of the Church Year. The music chosen for this concert, whether from formal liturgies or for private home devotion, is sure to move the audience to its very soul.  Highlights of this concert will be Thomas Tallis’ splendid setting of the Lamentations of Jeremiah, Gesualdo’s idiosyncratic responsories, and meditative motets by Morales and Taverner.
Palestrina remains one of the most celebrated composers not only of the Renaissance but of all time. The Cappella Sistina, distinct from the room in which Michelangelo wrought his miraculous work, is the choir whose sole purpose during the 16th Century was to provide music for the liturgies and ceremonial occasions for the Pope. Liturgical compositions such as Palestrina’s venerable Missa Papae Marcelli, eight-voice Stabat Mater, Allegri’s Miserere, and ceremonial works like Morales’s Jubilate Deo omnes terra only scratch the surface of the vast repertoire contained in the extensive archives. Come with us as we join the papal court and surround ourselves with the glorious music that defined an institution and an era.
*All concerts will be preceded by a lecture by a noted musicologist at 7:00 pm.

All concerts are located at
The Church of St. Ignatius of Antioch
552 West End Ave
New York, NY 10024
May 5, 2018, 8 pm
Music from the Sistine Chapel
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