2016-2017 Concert Series
Repeat the Sounding Joy! Christmas with Ensemble VIII
Thursday, December 15, 2016 – Westlake Hills Presbyterian Church – Purchase Tickets for this Concert
Friday, December 16, 2016 – St. Louis Catholic Church Chapel – Purchase Tickets for this Concert
Join Ensemble VIII in celebrating the joy of Christmastime. Vibrant Medieval carols are juxtaposed with inspiring polyphonic settings of the greatest texts of the season. When the bustle of the holiday wanes, treat yourself to the rejuvenating gift of music at this special time of year.
Original members of Ensemble VIII, Ryland Angel, Donald Meineke, and James Morrow, join forces in this very special, intimate concert of music for three voices. Featuring music of two of the greatest English composers, the trio will perform William Byrd’s transparent Mass for Three Voices, as well as captivatingly beautiful songs with lute accompaniment by John Dowland. And there may be a few surprises you won’t want to miss!
Sacred Shadows – Victoria’s Tenebrae Responsories
Thursday, March 9, 2017 – Westlake Hills Presbyterian Church – Purchase Tickets for this Concert
Friday, March 10, 2017 – St. Louis Catholic Church Chapel – Purchase Tickets for this Concert
Translated as “shadows” due to the gradual extinguishing of all candles throughout the service, Tenebrae is celebrated on each of the three days of Holy Week that precede Easter—Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday. These most poignant services of the church year feature contemplative readings paired with related musical responses. Spanish composer Tomás Luis de Victoria’s setting of the Tenebrae responsories is a true masterpiece of extraordinary depth and beauty.
My Beloved Spake – A Banquet of Love
Thursday, April 27, 2017 – Westlake Hills Presbyterian Church – Purchase Tickets for this Concert
Friday, April 28, 2017 – St. Louis Catholic Church Chapel – Purchase Tickets for this Concert
Historically attributed to King Solomon, the Song of Songs is a feast of evocative love poetry. Set as exchanges between two lovers, composers of every generation have been drawn to these sensual texts. This concert features some of the finest Renaissance settings of these passionate love songs. “My beloved spake, and said unto me, rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away.”