November 10, Saturday
8:00 PM, Mead Memorial Chapel
Literally meaning "rooster song," the name Gallicantus comes from monastic antiquity for the worship service held just before dawn that evokes the renewal of life offered by the coming day. Dedicated to Renaissance music and directed by Gabriel Crouch, this early music group boasts a wealth of experience in consort singing, drawn from groups such as Tenebrae, the Tallis Scholars, and the King's Singers. In their North American debut, Gallicantus sings works by John Sheppard, William Byrd, and Thomas Tallis, including Tallis's Lamentations. Gallicantus is lauded by the Times of London for "impassioned, exciting music." Sponsored by the Performing Arts Series. Tickets: $20/15/6. Go to the Box Office>>
SHEPPARD Libera nos, salva nos I
TALLIS Loquebantur Variis Linguis
TALLIS Miserere Nostri
TALLIS Lamentations I and II
TALLIS Suscipe Quaeso
SHEPPARD Libera nos, salva nos II
BYRD Tristitia et anxietas
BYRD Tribulationes Civitatum
BYRD Laudibus in sanctis
BYRD Ne Irascaris
Literally meaning ‘rooster song’ or ‘cock crow’, Gallicantus takes its name from monastic antiquity for the office held just before dawn: a ceremony which evokes the renewal of life offered by the coming day. Dedicated to renaissance music and directed by Gabriel Crouch, the membership of this early music group boasts a wealth of experience in consort singing, drawn from groups such as Tenebrae, The Tallis Scholars, and The King’s Singers.
Gallicantus members are bound by a shared love of communicating text, and create performances which draw out unifying themes within apparently diverse repertoire: To this end they are as meticulous about providing context and insight for audiences as they are about crafting interpretations of the music they love.
The ensemble released its first disc on Signum Classics in 2009, dedicated to the music of Robert White. Critics acclaimed an “impressive debut” (Observer) of “impassioned, exciting music” (The Times), whilst Gramophone magazine declared: “What an outstanding disc… The opening of the Lamentations could stand as a kind of illuminated initial at the beginning of a gorgeous manuscript, so transparent and luminous is it”. 2010 saw the release of “Dialogues of Sorrow – Passions on the Death of Prince Henry (1612),” and a BBC radio program featuring Gallicantus was also broadcast in 2010 with historians Tristram Hunt and Roy Strong, and musicologist Sally Dunkley on the story of the music inspired by this most significant event.
“England is blessed with a multitude of fine early music ensembles, but this one immediately rises to the forefront with the best of them. I cannot recall having ever heard an ensemble of this sort sing with such perfect balance and clarity that I could clearly understand and distinguish the words of each vocal line.” -- James Altena, Fanfare Magazine
"One of the year's best choral releases." --TheArtsDesk.com