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Triple Grammy-Nominated Vocal Ensemble Stile Antico Performs Nov. 9

October 21, 2019

Special Program Highlights Female Composers of the Renaissance

twelve people in black formal attire stand in a bright white roomMiddlebury, VT—The three-time Grammy-nominated vocal ensemble Stile Antico will present Breaking the Habit on Saturday, November 9 at the Mahaney Arts Center. The concert will celebrate the unprecedented number of female rulers in the 16th century, from the powerful Medici women in Italy to the great Tudor queens of England, many of whom used their patronage to facilitate the production of exquisitely beautiful music by female composers. Through this fascinating program, Stile Antico will shine a light on often-neglected repertoire, bringing women from the Renaissance to life through song. Middlebury’s Mountain Ayres will sing for arriving patrons starting at 7:00 PM.

Performing Arts Series Director Allison Coyne Carroll jumped at the chance to bring Stile Antico to Middlebury. “They’re the premiere a cappella ensemble for Renaissance repertoire, and I was intrigued by their special program celebrating the role women played in the Renaissance. They’re so well known that audience members at other vocal ensemble concerts ask for them by name.”

About Stile Antico

12 singers in black stand in a group, looking up at the cameraStile Antico is firmly established as one of the world’s most accomplished and innovative vocal ensembles. Working without a conductor, its twelve members have thrilled audiences on four continents with fresh, vibrant and moving performances of Renaissance polyphony. Its bestselling recordings have earned accolades including the Gramophone Award for Early Music. The group has received three Grammy nominations, and performed live at the 60th Grammy Awards at Madison Square Garden.

Based in London, Stile Antico has appeared at many of the world’s most prestigious venues and festivals, enjoying a particularly close association with Wigmore Hall. Festival highlights include the Antwerp, Bruges, Utrecht and York Early Music Festivals. Since making its North American debut at the Boston Early Music Festival in 2009, the group has made frequent tours to the US and Canada, performing regularly in Boston and New York, and appearing at Washington’s National Cathedral and Library of Congress. Highlights of their 2018–19 season included the group’s first concerts in Hong Kong, Macau, and South Korea. Their 13th recording for Harmonia Mundi, In A Strange Land, was released early in 2019.

12 singers in black stand on a staircase looking in different directionsAlongside concert and recording work, Stile Antico is passionate about sharing its repertoire and working style with a wide audience, and its masterclasses and workshops are much in demand. The support of the charitable Stile Antico Foundation has enabled the ensemble to expand its work with younger people, and to offer annual bursaries to talented consort singers.

“Performing without a conductor is Stile Antico’s trademark, the acute listening and blending, each with others, brings an extra immediacy.” —The Guardian

“As this thrilling concert proved, Stile Antico is anything but antique. Their sound has the urgency and freshness you get from young voices, and an amazing rhythmic vitality.”—The Telegraph


Performance Details

12 singers in black stand in a bright white roomStile Antico will perform on Saturday, November 9 at 7:30 P.M. at Robison Hall in the Mahaney Arts Center (MAC). The Middlebury College Mountain Ayres will sing for arriving patrons starting at 7:00 P.M. The MAC is located on the campus of Middlebury College, at 72 Porter Field Road in Middlebury, just off Route 30 south/S. Main Street. Free parking is available curbside on Rt. 30 or in the MAC parking lot, in rows marked faculty/staff/visitors. General admission tickets are $28 for the general public; $22 for Middlebury College faculty, staff, alumni, and emeriti; $10 for youth; and $6 for Middlebury College students, and are on sale at (802)443-MIDD (6433) or




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The three-time Grammy nominated early music vocal ensemble Stile Antico will perform at the Mahaney Arts Center on November 9. Photos Marco Borggreve.

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