As we emerge from this long, strange winter, our first virtual performance of the year celebrates resilience and rebirth! Guided by glittering Renaissance polyphony and inspired by the Spring Equinox and World Storytelling Day, we’ll explore lush musical landscapes and creative voices from around the globe. From the stirring sounds of a boundary-breaking German female mystic, to the first-ever polyphonic vocal work printed in the Western Hemisphere, to verdant vocal terrain from Mexico, England, Italy, and beyond–our program is rooted in renewal and possibility.
The exceptional Grammy-nominated tenor Nicholas Phan (Best Classical Solo Vocal Album of 2021, Clairières) and Ann Marie Morgan (viola da gamba) will join in the regaling with newly-recorded virtual performances of three works. The remainder of the program will include a selection of previous concert recordings introduced by the Singers themselves. Come along with us as we spin a global story of creative rebirth, ripe for the telling in this unprecedented moment. Additional guest artists include Amanda Balestrieri, soprano, and William Simms, theorbo and baroque guitar.
• Ave Maria, O auctrix vitae – Hildegard of Bingen
• Quemadmodum – John Taverner
• Ayo visto lo mappa mundi – Anonymous Italian/Sicilian song, 15th century
• Hanacpachap cussiciunin – Juan Pérez Bocanegra
• Time Stands Still – John Dowland
• Willow Song – Anonymous, printed 1583
Chapters In a Story – AN ECLECTIC MASS
• Kyrie (from Missa Hodie Christus natus est) – Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina
• Credo (from Missa Ego Flos Campi) – Juan Gutiérrez de Padilla
• Sanctus (from Mass in Blue) – Will Todd
• Agnus Dei (from Mass for Five Voices) – William Byrd
• Our Father God Celestial – Scottish hymn, 16th c. (possibly Pierre Cedéac)
• Fire, Fire – Nicholas Lanier
• Tristis est anima mea – Carlo Gesualdo
Enjoy a video preview of this performance below!
Phan is a tenor whose renown is well-earned. His voice is supple throughout an admirably wide range, whether he is called upon to unleash stormy passions or whisper love’s most delicate shadings.Cleveland Plain Dealer
Ave Maria, O Auctrix Vitae – Hildegard of Bingen
Quemadmodum – John Tavener
Ayo Visto lo Mappamundi – Anonymous Italian song, 15th C.
Hanacpachap cussiciunin – Juan Pérez de Bocanegra
An Eclectic Renaissance Mass
Kyrie – Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (from Missa Hodie Christus natus est)
Credo – Juan Gutiérrez de Padilla (from Missa Ego Flos Campi)
Sanctus – Will Todd (from Mass in Blue)
Agnus Dei – William Byrd (from Mass for Five Voices)
Our Father God Celestial – Scottish Hymn, 16th C.
Tristis est anima mea – Carlo Gesualdo
NICHOLAS PHAN and ANN MARIE MORGAN
Time Stands Still – John Dowland
Willow Song – Anonymous
Fire, Fire – Nicholas Lanier