Midwinter Meditations:
Celebrating the Silent Season of Snow

Friday, February 15th
7:30 pm
St. Pius X church
3010 chili ave., Rochester

Saturday, February 16th
7:30 PM
Calvary St. Andrew Church
95 averill St. (Corner of Ashland)
rochester

Musica Spei presents music of the medieval and renaissance periods chosen to display a variety of musical moods appropriate to Lent, as well as pieces intended for performance during more joyous seasons of the year. Featured works include the Lamentations by Robert White as well as motets by Byrd, Lassus, Gallus, and Dufay. The performance is accompanied by meditations on the music: brief presentations addressed to the audience by the singers themselves interspersed throughout the concert, designed to lead listeners to better understanding of the music, so that all present might truly celebrate the sounds of this otherwise “Silent Season.”

A reception will follow the Saturday performance.

A Taste of Song:
A Choral PRISM Concert

Sunday, february 17
4:00 PM
Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre
26 Gibbs Street, Rochester

Musica Spei will take part in the Greater Rochester Choral Consortium’s concert, celebrating the Choral Arts in Rochester. 17 different ensembles will perform a PRISM concert - ensembles are located around and within the audience and there is no applause interrupting the swirling flow of music from one group to the next.

Standing by the Cross:
Music for Passiontide

FRIDAY, April 19
7:30 PM
ST. ANNE CHURCH
1600 MT. HOPE AVE., Rochester


This annual benefit performance on Good Friday features Musica Spei and Oliver Brett, Music Director and Organist at St. Anne Church. The audience will hear a continuous flow of choral works interspersed with solo organ pieces that reflect the somber nature of the day. Featured works include the entire Lamentations by Robert White, “In Manus Tuas” by John Sheppard, and “Stabat Mater” by Agazzari. The performance concludes with a “Tenebrae” by Ammon in which the entire sanctuary is enveloped in darkness. This concert is a free will offering, suggested donation $10. All proceeds benefit the ministries at St. Anne Church.


Office Hours:
A Musical Journey through the Liturgy of the Hours

FRIDAY, May 31
7:30PM
ST. MARY'S CHURCH
15 CLARK ST., AUBURN

SATURDAY, JUNE 1
8:00 PM
ST. ANNE CHURCH
1600 MT. HOPE AVE., ROCHESTER

The Liturgy of the Hours dates back to 5th century monasteries and consists of a set of prayers and music for each hour of the day. From Matins to Compline, Musica Spei will perform works by Palestrina, Josquin, Gallus, Lassus, and others to coincide with the order of the hours. The audience will experience a wide range of styles and musical textures, from double choir/antiphonal works to contemplative and somber pieces. Suggested donation is $10. There will be receptions following both performances.