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2016 - 2017 Season Tickets
Pre-Concert Lecture - 7 pm
Pre-Concert Lecture - 7 pm
 Pre-Concert Lecture - 7 pm
Saturday, November 12, 2016 - 8 PM
Gaude flore Virginali
Music from the Eton Choirbook
Music of Kellyk, Cornysh, Wylkynson and more
Saturday, February 25, 2017 - 8 PM
Deus, qui Beatum Marcum!
Andrea Gabrieli (1532/3 - 1585)
Missa Pater Peccavi and motets
Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 8 PM
Osculetur me
Orlande de Lassus (c. 1532 - 1594)
Missa Osculetur me a8 and motets
Music from the Eton Choirbook, the richly illuminated survivor of Reformation and Civil War, was assembled between 1500 and 1505 for the chapel at Eton College. Each of the glorious antiphons to the Virgin Mary is without comparison in the vast body of the early Renaissance Choral music. England, separated from the mainland, was late to arrive at the High Renaissance. Tudor composers created a unique world of sound, texture and harmony. Antiphons to the Virgin Mary were sung at the conclusion of the night office of Compline and stood alone as an entirely musical form of prayer and devotion. Join us as we sing the music that defined a culture and style in late medieval England under the rule of the magnificent Tudors kings Henry VII and Henry VIII.
 Often overlooked in favor of his more famous nephew, Andrea Gabrieli is, nevertheless, a significant figure in the development of the Venetian style. Widely traveled and influenced by the great Orlande de Lassus, he returned to Venice and was appointed to the prestigious post of organist at San Marco in 1566. Though a prolific composer of powerful ceremonial music and a progenitor of the Venetian style, he published almost none of his own music. It was later published by Giovanni after his death. Walk with us in the footsteps of the great processions and ceremonies of the Serene Republic and feel the reverberations within the architecture of the magnificent basilica of the Doges. 
The Song of Songs remains one of the most beautiful collections of biblical poetry, a celebration of erotic love. Christians also read into it an allegory of the marriage of Christ and the Church. Song of Songs texts are frequently used in praise of the Virgin Mary. Lassus was not a stranger to the tradition of Renaissance settings of these texts, and his setting are among the most beautiful. His Missa Osculetur mefor eight voices, a parody mass composed on Lassus' equally beautiful motet, is one of the quintessential examples of this genre. Completing the program will be motets from the Song of Songs and Marian antiphons from the lavish Bavarian court chapel of the Wittlesbacher Dukes;noted patrons of music and the Arts.  
Upcoming Event: Deus, qui Beatum Marcum! - February 12, 2017
Upcoming Event: Osculetur me - May 6, 2017
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