Next two concerts: Michaelmas Weekend at St. Michael’s College
7:30PM talk and 8PM concert Sep. 26, 2014
Madden Auditorium, Carr Hall, St. Michael’s College, 100 St Joseph Street
PSALMS SONNETS & SONGS
Consort songs from William Byrd’s collections of Psalmes, Songs, and Sonnets, music ‘apt for voices or viols’, In Nomines for strings by, Taverner, Tye and others with lute versions of Suzanne ung Jour, and other music on sacred subjects. Hallie Fishel sings, John Edwards plays lute with a string consort led by Christopher Verrette.
7:30PM Sep. 28, 2014
PURCELL TE DEUM & JUBILATE, TELEMANN VIOLIN CONCERTO & OTHER BAROQUE MUSIC
St. Basil’s Church, St. Michael’s College, 50 St. Joseph St. at Bay
St. Michael’s Schola Cantorum directed by Dr. Michael O’Connor; orchestra led by Christopher Verrette
Admission free, donations welcome
“Who can hear this
And falls not down and worships? In my fancy…
Fair-haired Calliope, on her ivory lute
But something short of this sung Ceres praises…
The motion of the spheres are out of time,
Her musical notes but heard.”
So the Roman Emperor Domitain praises the singing of Domitia Longina, his future wife, in Massinger’s play The Roman Actor.
We can’t promise to deter the motion of the spheres, or excel the performance skill of Calliope, but we can bring you music from a time when, poets and playwrights tell us, singers were better than the muses, lutenists were all like Orpheus, and composers aspired to stop, or at least wound time.