COVID-19 Updates: Fall Semester

Stile Antico; 11/09/2019

Saturday, November 9 

Stile Antico 

7:30 PM, Mahaney Arts Center, Robison Hall 

This three-time Grammy-nominated vocal ensemble presents Breaking the Habit, a concert celebrating 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 these monarchs used their patronage to facilitate the production of exquisitely beautiful music by female composers. Through this fascinating program, Stile Antico shines a light on often- neglected repertoire, bringing women from the Renaissance to life through song. A Nelson Fund event, made possible with generous support from Olin C. Robison.

Middlebury’s Mountain Ayres will sing for arriving patrons starting at 7:00 PM.

Tickets: $28 General public/$22 Midd ID holders/$10 Youth (18 and under)/$6 Midd students

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Stile Antico sings Byrd's Tristitia et anxietas


Raffaella Aleotti Exaudi Deus orationem meam



Pierre de la Rue   Absalon fili mi

Anon. (possibly Margaret of Austria)  Se jous souspire/Ecce iteru 

Maddalena Casulana O notte, O ciel, O mar

Alexander Agricola  Dulces exuviae

Sulpita Cesis Ascendo ad patrem



Thomas Tallis Loquebantur variis linguis

John Sheppard Gaude, gaude, gaude Maria

Anon. (possibly Leonora d'Este):

Salve sponsa Dei 

O salutaris hostia

Sicut lilium inter spinas

Maddalena Casulana Vagh’ amorosi augelli



William Byrd O Lord, make thy servant

John Taverner Christe Jesu, pastor bone

John Bennet All creatures now are merry minded

Richard Carlton Calm was the air


Sulpita Cesis Cantemus Domino

Raffaella Aleotti Angelus ad pastores ait

Joanna Marsh Dialogo and Quodlibet


Stile 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 their fresh, vibrant and moving performances of Renaissance polyphony. Its bestselling recordings on the Harmonia Mundi label have earned accolades including the Gramophone Award for Early Music, Diapason d’or de l’année, Edison Klassiek Award, and Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik. 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. The group enjoys a particularly close association with the Wigmore Hall, and has performed at the BBC Proms, Buckingham Palace, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Palais des Beaux-Arts, Cité de la Musique, Luxembourg Philharmonie, and Leipzig Gewandhaus. Stile Antico is frequently invited to appear at Europe’s leading festivals: highlights include the Lucerne Easter Festival and the Antwerp, Bruges, Utrecht and York Early Music Festivals.

Since making its North American debut at the Boston Early Music Festival in 2009, Stile Antico has enjoyed frequent tours to the US and Canada. The group performs regularly in Boston and New York, and has appeared at Washington’s National Cathedral and Library of Congress, Vancouver’s Chan Centre, the Quebec Festival of Sacred Music, and in concert series spanning twenty-four US states. Stile Antico has also appeared at the Cervantino festival in Mexico, and in 2018 made its South American debut with performances in Colombia.

Stile Antico’s performances are often praised for their immediacy, expressive commitment, and their sensitive and imaginative response to text. These qualities arise from the group’s collaborative working style: members rehearse and perform as chamber musicians, each contributing artistically to the musical results. The group is also noted for its compelling programming, which often draws out thematic connections between works to shine new light on Renaissance music. In addition to its core repertoire, Stile Anticohas premiered works by John McCabe, Huw Watkins, and, most recently, Nico Muhly, whose Gentle Sleep was written to mark the group’s tenth birthday. Stile Antico’s diverse range of collaborators includes Fretwork and the Folger Consort of viols, pianist Marino Fomenti, orchestra B’Rock, and Sting.

Alongside its concert and recording work, Stile Antico is passionate about sharing its repertoire and working style with the widest possible audience, and its masterclasses and workshops are much in demand. As well as leading regular courses at the Dartington International Summer School, the group has been resident at Zenobia Música, and is often invited to work alongside ensembles at universities, festivals, and early music forums. The support of the charitable Stile Antico Foundation has enabled Stile Antico to expand its work with younger people, and to offer annual bursaries to talented consort singers.

Highlights of Stile Antico’s 2018-19 season included the group’s first concerts in Hong Kong, Macau, and South Korea, the premiere of a new work by Joanna Marsh as part of the Venus Unwrapped festival at London’s Kings Place, and a return to the Boston Early Music Festival. The group’s thirteenth recording for Harmonia Mundi, In A Strange Land, was released early in 2019.

"...the singing is staggeringly beautiful" —Sunday Times

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