We turn 21 as an ensemble this Season – a time many see as representing a “Coming of Age.” Many of the concerts I have programmed reflect this idea – the first two, in fact, use “recycled” concert titles of popular concerts from previous seasons (“Music of the Tsars” and “The Art of Imitation”). This season’s holiday concert, “A Cambridge Christmas,” also draws for its inspiration on last season’s very popular “A Salzburg Christmas.” In the Spring, we try some new things, however – “Take One” is an experimental mixture of a concert and a recording session (Volume 2 of “The A Cappella Masses of Henri Hardouin”); “Take Two” features two distinguished professional choirs – the Santa Fe Desert Chorale and St. Martin’s – sharing the concert stage; in April we delve into uncharted musical territory with a commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the end of the Civil War, and Lincoln’s tragic assassination, singing both Civil War-era music, as well as more recent works that refer to the period; and finally, we revisit that masterpiece which comprised our very first recording, the Byrd Mass for 4 voices – now as an ensemble and a director who have themselves “Come of Age,” and therefore, hopefully, with a performance that is informed by this greater maturity.
Please join us for this exciting “Coming of Age” Season, and be a part of everything we do this year!
THE ART OF IMITATION: PALESTRINA
Palestrina’s name is synonymous with the Renaissance technique of Imitative Counterpoint. This is fascinatingly illustrated in his five-voice Missa Repleatur os meum, where the imitation in each successive movement is increased by a step and decreased by a beat. So the Kyrie features a canon (imitation) at the octave (8th) offset by 8 beats; the Christe canon is at the 7th offset by 7 beats; etc. This is a compositional tour de force the likes of which only Bach ever equaled, and will be explained in the concert itself, with demonstrations, so that the audience is aware of the truly amazing feat that Palestrina accomplished in this astounding work.
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Friday, November 7, 7:30 pm, Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Wheat Ridge
Saturday, November 8, 7:30 pm, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Denver
Sunday, November 9, 3:00 pm, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Denver