Music Beyond Words: Peace in Our Time
April & May, 2020 – Concerts postponed due to the current global pandemic. More information will be coming soon!
This music speaks to us. It says: Stop. Stop what you’re doing. Stop thinking, be still for a while, and just be. We are not created for endless worry and struggle. Remember who you are. We are born from the stars, not from downtrodden earth. We are the light that shines through us.
We invite you to stop, listen, and feel the power of Ars Nova Singers’ choral music as it flows through the performance space and resonates in PEACE. Join us in celebration as we present Renaissance works by William Byrd and John Sheppard, as well as modern pieces by Peteris Vasks, Hans Zimmer, and Boulder’s own Bill Douglas. Special guests will include Sandra Wong, nyckelharpa and violin, and Ann Marie Morgan, viola da gamba.
Music of the Renaissance: The Earthquake Mass
Never shy of innovation or artistic challenge, Artistic Director and Conductor, Thomas Edward Morgan, and Boulder Colorado’s critically-lauded a capella group, Ars Nova Singers, performed “Music of the Renaissance: The Earthquake Mass.” The program featured what Morgan described as “shimmering blocks of sound” in a “vast harmonic tapestry.” Anchoring the 90-minute performance was the colossal and revolutionary “Earthquake Mass” by the French composer Antoine Brumel (c. 1460-1513). Other works in the program included Thomas Tallis’s “The Third Tune For Archbishop Parker’s Psalter,” Josquin des Prez’s “Ave Maria,” and Mainz’s “O Darkest Woe.”
Ars Nova Holiday Concert: Northern Lights
Ars Nova Singers serenaded this past holiday season with a thoughtfully curated selection of Renaissance a cappella music and fresh arrangements of classic holiday carol repertoire. The choral group’s renowned holiday program featured the double-chorus Renaissance work Missa Hodie Christus natus est, which was composed by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina. Palestrina, who greatly inspired J.S. Bach, was a master craftsmen who has been called “the prince and father of music.” Artistic Director Thomas Edward Morgan conducted and the program with featured guest harpist John McColley.
Elision Project Vol. 3 (with 3rd Law Dance/Theater)
November, 2019 – Dairy Arts Center
E·LI·SION—/i’liZHən/—JOINING TOGETHER OR MERGING. Ars Nova Singers joined 3rd Law Dance/Theater performing alongside musicians Bonnie Paine (Elephant Revival) and Enion Pelta (Taarka), prepared-guitarist and composer Janet Feder (Tiny Desk Concert, BMoCA’s MediaLive) and her electronic music partner Colin Bricker (Mighty Fine Productions). The a capella choral group performed pieces from the Renaissance and 21st century, and 3rd Law’s very own Paul Fowler premiered a new work.