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Music from the World of Copernicus – Part 2 of 3

Continuing in our series of program notes and historical background for our upcoming concerts, by Thomas Zajac. Medieval Music We will begin the first half of the program with two chants that are rather well known to Polish audiences, Gaude Mater Polonia, and Ortus...

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Music from the World of Copernicus – Part 1 of 3

Over the next 2 weeks, we will be bringing you a three part series on the historical background behind this program, contributed by musician and scholar Thomas Zajac. Part 1 - Historical Background From the 15th through early-17th centuries Poland was one of the...

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Discovering the New World’s Old Music

Co-Director Ellen Hargis interviews Professor Drew Edward Davies   A specialist in earlier music of the Spanish world, Drew Edward Davies (PhD, UChicago) is Associate Professor of Musicology and Director of Graduate Music Studies at Northwestern University,...

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Spanish Latin: Gilding the Lily

One of the best tools in a singer's arsenal is text.  Words convey meaning, of course, but how we sing them give us endless possibilities to make articulation, color, phrasing, and rhythm beyond the musical notation.  In the field of historical performance, we do...

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A work in progress…

We've completed day 2 of rehearsal, and find ourselves at once elated, frustrated, moved, and challenged!  What a repertoire - exquisitely beautiful, fiendishly difficult, and endlessly fascinating. We've been unknotting rhythmic kinks, drawing on Mark Rimple's...

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