Stories in the Song

Episode 2: The Choral Music of Bill Douglas

Ars Nova Singers Artistic Director Thomas Edward Morgan catches up with local renowned composer and good friend of Ars Nova Singers Bill Douglas. Bill discusses the impact his compositions have had, especially recently, as we look to music for solace in these difficult times. This video features Bill’s setting of the text by William Butler Yeats in “Lake Isle of Innisfree,” performed by Ars Nova Singers from the CD A Place Called Morning. 

Episode 1: Music in Time of Pandemic

A brief journey into William Byrd’s Masses, composed during an outbreak of the Second Pandemic of the Bubonic Plague in the 1590s. Ars Nova Artistic Director Thomas Edward Morgan gives a fascinating glimpse in the context of this extraordinary music. The video includes performances by Ars Nova Singers of the “Agnus Dei” movements from the Mass for 3 Voices and Mass for 5 Voices.