PRLog - April 11, 2014 - CHICAGO -- CHICAGO (April 2, 2014) — The Newberry Consort will present the second installment of their popular Celestial Sirens program, this time dedicated entirely to the music of the Mexican convent of La Encarnación. Written for all women’s voices and accompanying instruments, these works designed for convent worship feature the elegant polyphony, dancing rhythms, and rich harmonies that characterize this unique repertoire from New Spain. The concert series begins Friday, May 2nd at 8pm in St. Clement Church. Two more performances will follow on May 3rd at 8pm in University of Chicago’s Bond Chapel and on May 4th at 3pm in Northwestern University’s Alice Millar Chapel.
This rare and carefully constructed program will feature several double choir compositions by Juan de Lienas, including his devastating Tristis es a 8, a setting of Christ’s words in the Garden of Gesthemane, as well as several of his shorter works for 4-6 voices. Works by Victoria and Ximeno round out the vocal selections. A highlight of the program will be the modern-day premiere of the recently reconstructed Beatus Vir by Fray Jacinto, a three-choir piece in 11 parts. You can read more about the reconstruction of this piece here (http://newberryconsort.org/
Intertwined among the vocal pieces are instrumental selections, such as fantasies, preludes, and virtuoso diferencias (variations)
Audience members are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the insightful pre-concert lectures, offering an intimate look into the history and context of the works and images of the original manuscripts from the Newberry Choirbooks. To purchase tickets to “Celestial Sirens” visit www.newberryconsort.org/
● Friday, May 2nd, 2014 8pm – St. Clement Church, 642 W. Deming Place, Chicago
● Saturday, May 3rd, 2014 8pm - Bond Chapel, University of Chicago, 1010 East 59th Street, Chicago
● Sunday, May 4th, 2014 3pm - Alice Millar Chapel, Northwestern University, 1870 Sheridan Rd., Evanston
Pre-concert lectures start one hour before each performance.
About the Newberry Consort:
Directed by David Douglass, Newberry Musician-in-