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A Window of a Pious Age

Chalice Consort will give a concert on June 28, 2015 with a guest director, Jeremy Summerly, Royal Academy, London.

Jeremy Summerly is a conductor and broadcaster. He studied music as an undergraduate at Oxford University and musicology as a postgraduate at Kings College, London. He is founder-director of Oxford Camerata, conductor of Oxford Baroque, Director of Music at St Luke’s, Chelsea, and Artistic Director of Mayfield Festival of Music and the Arts. He has conducted fifty original commercial recordings of music spanning nine centuries, and has conducted resident choirs and orchestras in locations as far afield as Melbourne, Helsinki, Tokyo, and Cape Town. He has edited four volumes of medieval and Renaissance music for Faber, has contributed to the new Cambridge History of Musical Performance, is a reviewer for BBC Radio 4’sFront Row and Radio 3’s CD Review, and is Choral Music Editor for Rhinegold Publishing’s Choir & Organ magazine. He has taught at the Royal Academy of Music since 1989 where he has variously held the posts of Head of Academic Studies, Head of Undergraduate Programmes, and Sterndale Bennett Lecturer in Music. He has conducted world premières of music by Sir John Tavener, Giles Swayne, Viktor Ekimovsky, Tarik O’Regan, and Nico Muhly, UK premières of music by Franco Donatoni and Maciej Zielinski, and the London première of I am the true vine by Arvo Pärt. In September he will take up the post of Director of Music at St Peter’s College, Oxford University.

2015 marks the assumed 500th anniversary of the birth of the English composer John Sheppard and the zenith of the career of the Italian composer Simone Molinaro. Sheppard worked in Oxford and in London and wrote gloriously expansive Latin-texted music for use at the court of Queen Mary, daughter of King Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon. Molinaro's professional life was colourful, not just because he wrote sensitively crafted vocal music, but because his uncle was murdered when he was Director of Music at Genoa Cathedral, and because Molinaro made editions of the music of Carol Gesualdo, an Italian nobleman who murdered his wife and her lover in cold blood. Both Sheppard and Molinaro embody the simultaneously decadent and fragile spirit of the Renaissance, and their music is a window on an age that was self-indulgently pious and viscerally concerned with ecclesiastical beauty. 

The Cathedral of Christ the Light
June 28, 2015 - 5 p.m.; doors open at 4:30pm
2121 Harrison Street, Oakland, CA 94612 United States
Tickets ( $15 in advance online or $20 at the door; Children 17 and under are free. (NOTE: online ticket sales end at 12AM on 06/27/2015)

Tomàs Luis da Victoria's Tenebrae Responsories

Chalice Consort will be performing their signature piece, Tenebrae Responsories by one of the finest composers of the late Renaissance, Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548–1611). This exquisite collection of eighteen short settings from the Matins liturgy for the last three days of Holy Week is his most famous. Don’t miss this intensely spiritual music that is rarely heard in its entirety!

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Tickets are available at the door! $20 for all walk-ins. Cash only.


Chalice Consort Early Music Conference - TBA

Chalice Consort is pleased to announce the third Chalice Consort Early Music Conference (CCEMC) , which brings together performers, scholars, and listeners of early music to examine newly-discovered and edited sacred music from the Renaissance and Baroque eras, and select two pieces from those heard at the conference will be performed at a future concert by the Chalice Consort.

The EMSC, as part of the CCEMC, is calling for newly discovered and transcribed (i.e. never published or publicly performed) musical works from anywhere in the world that complement the focal piece of the annual conference, which will be reviewed by early music directors, Chalice Consort, and attendees at the CCEMC. For the future conference, the focal piece will TBA. Chalice Consort will screen all the music scores submitted and select the top five pieces to present at the CCEMC on TBA. At the CCEMC, Chalice Consort will sing the five selected pieces under the direction of highly respected early music directors. The performers and attendees of the conference will discuss the works and vote for their favorite piece, which will then be performed by Chalice Consort. You can read more about the EMSC here and the CCEMC here.

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$25 General Admission; $5 discount if you purchase online
$20 Current members of Early Music America & seniors; $5 discount if you purchase online
Free for full-time students - must register! No walk-ins.

Half-day tickets:
$20 10am to 1pm General; $5 discount if you purchase online
$15 10am to 1pm Current members of Early Music America & seniors; ; $5 discount if you purchase online
Free for full-time students - must register! No walk-ins.

$20 1pm to 4:15pm General; ; $5 discount if you purchase online
$15 1pm to 4:15pm Current members of Early Music America & seniors; $5 discount if you purchase online
Free for full-time students - must register! No walk-ins.

If you want to pay by check, please email to receive instruction on where to mail the check.

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