Pre-Concert Lecture, 7 PM, Emerson Morgan
John Bradley - Conductor
Rachel Bazaz, Natasha Badillo, Jennifer Little, Nancy Temple – Soprano
Ann Berkhausen, Lianna Portnoy, Andrea Swenson– Alto
David Jangrow, Matthew Krenz, Joe Redd, Joe Twist–Tenor
Anand Dharan, Tod Mijanovich, Tom Marks, Erik-Peter Mortensen– Bass
During the early 16th-Century in the English Church musical emphasis shifted to include and even emphasize the creation of polyphonic hymns and responses for the daily offices of Matins and Vespers, particularly on Feast Days. These unique choral compositions, ranging from five to eight vocal parts, enjoyed a glorious revival during the brief reign of Mary I. Composers like Thomas Tallis and John Sheppard took over where Taverner left off leaving a small but glorious legacy of compositions such as Dum transisset sabbatum, Loquebantur variis linguis, and Verbum caro. This is the culmination of music for the Catholic Rite in England, and was unparalleled in Renaissance Europe. Though much of the music was lost during the religious unrest of the 16th and subsequent centuries, this small but exquisite body of work invites the listener into a lost world of elegant music and dramatic liturgical expression.