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23-May-2014
Collegium Musicum - Music of Lassus, Palestrina, and Gesualdo
The Collegium Musicum, Daniel Spratlan, conductor, presents music of two great masters of the late Renaissance: Carlo Gesualdo and Orlande de Lassus.

Friday, May 23, 2014, 8:30 PM at Christ Church, 5 Paterson Street, New Brunswick, NJ.

Carlo Gesualdo, Prince of Venosa, is a unique figure in the history of music. Notorious for the murder of his wife and her lover, yet capable of the most beautiful and touching sacred music and madrigals, his style was ahead of its time with striking harmonic changes and chromaticism. The Collegium will be singing his Tenebrae Responsories for Holy Saturday. These were intended for the candlelight service during the week before Easter and bear all the dramatic shifts of chromatic harmony and virtuosity that characterize his late works. The pieces are laden with emotion and deep religious expression and were probably written after Gesualdo isolated himself in his palace during the late years of his life. The program will also feature the antiphonal (two choirs set apart) setting of Lassus's Osculetur Me from the biblical Song of Songs. This will be followed by the monumental mass of the same title, also set antiphonally. Lassus fashioned the mass from the musical material of the motet, utilizing the text of the mass. Palestrina's setting of the same motet text will also be performed for contrast.

FREE admission.

Formerly the Rutgers University Collegium Musicum, this is the 22-voice Renaissance choir's first performance as an independent ensemble. The program will feature two contrasting major works by Lassus:  The chromatic Prophetiae Sybillarum and Missa osculetur me for double choir.  The program also features madrigals of Gesualdo and motets of Palestrina and Lassus.

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February 15 2016
Feb-15-2016
Baroque string band ACRONYM, Monday, Feb 15, 2016 at 7:30 pm, Taplin Auditorium, Fine Hall, free and open to the public.  ACRONYM  joins forces with vocalists of Les Canards Chantants for a program featuring the large-ensemble sonatas of Giovanni Valentini (c. 1582-1649). These works will be coupled with performances of a number of extracts from his Secondo libro di madrigali (1616).
 
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Princeton Theological Seminary
 64 Mercer Street Princeton, NJ 08540
$25 general, $10 students

To purchase tickets or for more information visit:  www.drydenensemble.org, or emaildrydenensemble@gmail.com, or call 609-466-8541.

**The Dryden Ensemble is a member of the Guild for Early Music.
 
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The playing session is open to all recorder players, from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM.  Visit the PRS Website for information.  princetonol.com/groups/princetonrecorder/
 
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Trinity Episcopal Church
Solebury, PA 
$25 general, $10 students

To purchase tickets or for more information visit:  www.drydenensemble.org, or email drydenensemble@gmail.com, or call 609-466-8541.

This concert will be repeated on Sunday, March 13, 2016, 3:00PM at the Miller Chapel of Princeton Theological Seminary


**The Dryden Ensemble is a member of the Guild for Early Music.

**Denotes member of the Guild for Early Music