February 15, 2001

Concert of rare medieval and Renaissance music March 6

MIDDLEBURY, Vt.―The Huelgas Ensemble will offer a performance of rare medieval and Renaissance music on Tuesday, March 6, at 7:30 p.m. in Middlebury College’s Mead Chapel on Hepburn Road off College Street (Route 125). Acclaimed for its freshness and energy, the European group specializes in bringing to life seldom heard, often forgotten musical selections from centuries past. The ensemble’s program will feature nine isorhythmic motets by Guillaume Dufay, whose composition marks the close of the medieval musical era.

The ensemble’s driving force is director and founder Paul Van Nevel, who describes himself as choirmaster, musicologist, and cultural historian. His devotion to exploring libraries and archives in search of unknown works fuels the Huelgas Ensemble’s repertoire for both concert hall and recording studio. A keen advocate of the idea that music is first and foremost a product of its particular place and time, Van Nevel establishes critical links between music and the world in which it was made, recasting listeners’ perceptions of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. He is also a guest lecturer at the Sweelinck School of Music in Amsterdam and a guest conductor for the Collegium Vocale in Ghent and the Dutch Bach Association.

In addition to touring, the Huelgas Ensemble has amassed a collection of award-winning recordings over the past decade. In 1998, the group’s recording of music by Renaissance composer Mattheus Pipelare won the Cannes Classical Award for Best Choral Music. Bärenreiter, a German music publishing house, has issued a number of Van Nevel’s Renaissance music transcriptions.

Tickets are $10 for general admission and $8 for senior citizens. A pre-performance dinner will be held at 6 p.m. in the Redfield Proctor Room in Proctor Hall, across Hepburn Road from Mead Chapel. For tickets, dinner reservations, or information, contact the College box office at 802-443-6433.

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