The Case Western Reserve University Department of Music concludes the 22nd season of Chapel, Court & Countryside: Early Music at Harkness on Wednesday, April 9, at 7:30 p.m. in Harkness Chapel, 11200 Bellflower Rd., with "Choral Masterworks of the 16th Century," a concert by the British vocal consort Alamire. Their first concert in North America offers choral masterworks from the 16th century, sung by six of vocalists from England under the direction of David Skinner. Taking its name from the practice of using musical syllables (i.e., A is called "la," "mi," or "re"), Alamire was founded in 2005 in Cambridge, England. Their recordings of the great composers of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, on the Obsidian label, have won both critical and popular acclaim.
"Alamire is the most exciting and innovative early music group to come out of the UK for many years," said Christopher Page, director of Gothic Voices, a leading English medieval ensemble.
Alamire's concert features sacred vocal music by such Renaissance masters as Josquin Desprez, Philippe Verdelot, Thomas Tallis and William Byrd. The singers are soprano Julia Doyle, mezzo-soprano Clare Wilkinson, tenors Nicholas Mulroy and Christopher Watson, baritone Scott Whiteley and bass Ronald Macdonald.
The concert will take place at Harkness Chapel, Case Western Reserve's beautiful and intimate recital hall. An informal question and answer session with the audience follows the concert to better acquaint the public with the artists and repertoire.
Tickets for the concert are $27 for the general public; $23 for seniors, Case Western Reserve faculty and staff and members of early music societies; $10 for non-Case Western Reserve, Cleveland Institute of Music and Cleveland School of the Arts students; and free for Case Western Reserve, CIM and CSA students. Group discounts are also available. Tickets can be purchased through the university's music department or at the door.
Prior to the concert, Skinner also will be in residency, providing a master class on Tuesday, April 8, at 6:15 p.m. in Harkness Chapel. He will coach the Case Western Reserve Early Music Singers. This class is free and open to the public.
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