The Miller Theatre Presents Stile Antico in THE PHOENIX RISING, 3/8
Miller Theatre at Columbia University School of the Arts continues the 2013-14 season of its Early Music series with the British chamber choir Stile Antico in The Phoenix Rising, on Saturday, March 8, 2014, 8:00 p.m.at Church of St. Mary the Virgin (145 W. 46th Street). Tickets are $35-$45 and tudents with valid ID: $21-$27.
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.
Saturday, March 8, 2014, 8:00 p.m.
The Phoenix Rising
Chuch of St. Mary the Virgin (145 W. 46th Street)
The young British choir Stile Antico is back honoring the remarkable legacy of 16th century English sacred music with a program drawn entirely from the volumes of the hugely influential publication Tudor Church Music. First published in 1922, these pioneering editions unearthed a wealth of extraordinary music that had not been performed for centuries, and gave a stage to previously little-known composers who are now considered the heart of the English Renaissance. The program includes works by Taverner, Tallis, Gibbons, and Weelkes, and is crowned by William Byrd's exquisite five-part Mass. The twelve voices of Stile Antico perform "with a sense of wondrous discovery" (The Arts Desk), befitting a program that celebrates the revival of a beloved repertoire.
About Stile Antico
Stile Antico is an ensemble of young British singers, now established as one of the most original and exciting new voices in its field. Prizewinners at the 2005 Early Music Network International Young Artists' Competition, the group is much in demand in concert, performing regularly throughout Europe and North America. Their recordings on the Harmonia Mundi label have enjoyed great success, receiving the Diapason d'Or de l'année and the Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik; their debut, Music for Compline, was nominated for a Grammy Award. The group's most recent release, Song of Songs, won the 2009 Gramophone Award for Early Music and reached the top of the United States Classical Chart. Working without a conductor, the members of Stile Antico rehearse and perform as chamber musicians, each contributing artistically to the musical result. Their performances have repeatedly been praised for their vitality and commitment, expressive lucidity, and imaginative response to text. Stile Antico's repertoire ranges from the glorious legacy of the English Tudor composers to the works of the Flemish and Spanish schools and the music of the early Baroque.
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