Saturday, March 9, 2024 @ 7:30pm – 9:00pm (EST)
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$32.90 ($20 student/senior)

Orlando di Lasso (Orlande de Lassus) — Selected works
Jacobus Vaet (Jacob Vaet) — Selected works
Philippe de Monte — Selected works
Jacobus Gallus (Jacob Handl) — Selected works

These three major cities in Renaissance Europe were centers of art and learning, as well as the seats of the power of the Habsburg and Wittelsbach families. These families, in the persons of Duke Albrecht V in Munich, Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian II in Vienna, and his son Rudolf II, who moved the court to Prague in 1583. These men patronized such illustrious composers as Orlande de Lassus, Jacob Vaet, Philipe de Monte, and Jacob Handl, along with progressive thinkers like Tycho Brahe and Johannes Kepler whose intellectual ideas spread throughout the realm. It was a time of alchemy, humanism, scientific and social progress. Scientists and artists were all welcomed to the noble courts.

This concert of motets will celebrate these composers' undeniable musical accomplishments and the role of these three cities within the political complexities of Europe at the twilight of the Renaissance.

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Polyhymnia is supported, in part, by public funds from The New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Governor and the New York State Legislature and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

About Polyhymnia

Polyhymnia is a 16-member professional vocal ensemble specializing in performances of choral music composed between 1450 and 1650.

The ensemble has been artists-in-residence at the Church of Saint Ignatius of Antioch on Manhattan's Upper West Side for nearly two decades.

Our mission is both performance- and research-based. Working with libraries, historians, and choirmasters, both here and abroad, Polyhymnia strives to preserve and reintroduce choral masterworks of the Renaissance and early Baroque in ways that both entertain and enlighten. Artistic Director John Bradley frequently produces performing editions of music for the ensemble. Working from original manuscripts, some untouched since the 16th century, he has given his singers and his audience an opportunity to experience music that rarely is heard elsewhere.

Our annual three-concert season offers works by well-known Renaissance composers such as Orlande de Lassus, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, and Thomas Tallis, balanced by music by lesser-known and less frequently performed composers such as Christopher Tye, Cipriano de Rore, and Philippe Rogier. Our goal is to increase the visibility and accessibility of Renaissance choral repertoire.