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


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


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