Miller Theatre Welcomes New York Polyphony in WONDROUS BIRTH Tonight
Miller Theatre at Columbia University School of the Arts continues the 2013-14 season of its Early Music series with WONDROUS BIRTH, a holiday program featuring NEW YORK POLYPHONY tonight, December 14, 2013, 8:00 p.m. at St. Paul's Chapel, Columbia University (enter the campus at 2960 Broadway at 116th Street). Tickets: $30-$40 • Students with valid ID: $18-$24.
From Miller Theatre Executive Director Melissa Smey:
"Not only is New York Polyphony one of the most respected vocal chamber ensembles performing today, they are also fellow New Yorkers. I'm thrilled to be collaborating with them again, and especially to be premiering a brand new work we've commissioned for them."
Miller Theatre's "essential" (The New Yorker) Early Music series has been lauded as a leader in New York's burgeoning historical performance scene. This year Miller once again plays host to some of the world's leading early music ensembles and young upstarts alike. Miller favorites Le Poème Harmonique and Stile Antico return, along with locals New York Polyphony. The Orlando Consort celebrates a 25th anniversary of their own at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin. The series will also feature world premiere performances of two new commissions, from composers Andrew Smith and Michael Nyman-a first for the series. Nyman's work, written for The Tallis Scholars, celebrates both Miller's milestone anniversary and The Tallis Scholars' 40th year.
New York Polyphony returns with a diverse holiday program that offers an intimate and meditative take on the Christmas season. The imaginative repertoire spans nine centuries and ranges from popular early fare, including Victoria's O magnum misterium and ancient carols, to newer repertoire, including a piece by New York Polyphony's own countertenor Geoffrey Williams and the world premiere of a Miller Theatre commission from composer Andrew Smith.
Andrew Smith (b. 1970): Veni Redemptor Gentium
Thomas Tallis: Audivi vocem de caelo
Geoffrey Williams (b. 1976): Adam lay ybounden
Andrew Smith: Veni Emmanuel
Philippe Verdelot: Gabriel Archangelus
Andrew Smith: Ave maris stella
arr. Alexander Craig (b. 1971): Gabriel's Message
Trinity Roll MS: There is no Rose
John Scott (b. 1956): There is no Rose
Ritson MS: Lully, lullow: I saw a swete semly syght
Selden MS: Nowel: Out of your sleep
Andrew Smith: Nowel: Arise and Wake
- world premiere, Miller Theatre commission
T. L. da Victoria: O magnum mysterium
Richard Pygott: Quid petis, o fili
Anonymous: The Coventry Carol Pageant of the Shearmen and the Tailors
arr. Alexander Craig: The darkest midnight in December
New York Polyphony
Geoffrey Williams, countertenor
Steven Caldicott Wilson, tenor
Christopher Dylan Herbert, baritone
Craig Phillips, bass
New York Polyphony: Audivi vocem de caelo by Thomas Tallis (1505-1585)
Recorded live May 2013 at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin