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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October 06 2015
Tune in to the Classical Network (WWFM) and WWFM.ORG to hear excerpts from the Guild for Early Music's 2014 Festival, today 2-4 PM (part 2 of 3 broadcasts).  The final broadcast is Friday, Oct 9 from 2-3 PM.
October 09 2015
Tune in to the Classical Network (WWFM) and WWFM.ORG to hear the final broadcast of excerpts from the Guild for Early Music's 2014 Festival, today from 2-3 PM.
October 18 2015
At the Grounds For Sculpture
11th Annual Guild for Early Music festival, in partnership with the Grounds For Sculpture and WWFM, The Classical Network.  With admission to the Grounds, enjoy an entire afternoon with more than a dozen groups performing music of the Middle Ages, Renaissance, and Baroque eras.  From 12:30 to 5:00 PM.  For directions and information, visit groundsforsculpture.org
October 24 2015

La Fiocco** presents:  Shakespeare's London in Music & Song.  Join us for this extravaganza of rarely-performed music from the Age of Shakespeare.  Artistic Director Lewis R. Baratz has assembled an all-star cast of period instrument musicians who will be featured in the "Broken Consort" Lessons of Thomas Morley, a composer associated with Shakespeare and Elizabeth I.  Young artists Nicole Renna (Temple University) and Samuel Cox (Princeton University) will perform songs from the plays.  Rare instruments such as the cittern, bandora, and renaissance guitar will be featured as well.

Saturday, October 24, 7:30 PM at St. Paul's Catholic Church, 214 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ.  $25 general admission, $10 students, children 12 & young free, when accompanied by an adult.  For more information visit lafiocco.org

**La Fiocco is a member of the Guild for Early Music.

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