Dedication concert: St. Pius X
Friday, March 23
St. Pius x church
3110 Chili Avenue
On March 25, 1436, Pope Eugene IV processed to the High altar while
hearing the soaring sounds of Guillaume Dufay’s newly commissioned
work, Nuper rosarum flores:
In spite of the terrible winter, rose flowers,
A gift of the Pope, now decorate this church
Forever dedicated to you, heavenly virgin,
Pious and holy:
This church with its great dome.
Almost 600 years later, Musica Spei brings to life Dufay’s master work to
help celebrate St. Pius X Church’s rebirth. It is said that Dufay
incorporated the mathematical proportions of the new cathedral’s dome
in this composition. Like the stout beams of this new church’s ceiling, in
Nuper rosarum flores, the two tenor voices, singing a traditional
Gregorian chant, provide a structure that supports the other four vocal
The program also features several other Renaissance works composed
for the Lenten season, including Victoria’s reflective Tenebrae factae
sunt and Monteverdi’s passionate Adoramus te. When David Heard, by
Weelkes, captures the devastating loss of David’s son, Absalom, while
Lassus’ Dextera Domini sheds rays of light during the darkest hours of
the Easter Vigil. In addition, the joyous anonymous medieval carol
Angelus ad virginem is performed in celebration of the upcoming feast of
the Annunciation on March 25. These rarely performed works inspire
reflection, evoke beauty and summon hope for our world.
During the course of the program, members of Musica Spei will
comment on the pieces and provide insight into their collaborative
rehearsal and performance practices.
My Chosen Vineyard:
MUSIC FOR PASSIONTIDE
Friday, march 30
St. Anne Church
1600 Mt. Hope avenue
On Good Friday, Musica Spei and Oliver Brett, St. Anne's Director of Music, will perform a reflective concert featuring sacred Renaissance choral works, a double piano work by Schubert and a piano/French horn duet by Schumann. The audience will experience the pensive sounds of Lheritier’s Miserere mei, domine, which features a cantus firmus sung in canon. A kaleidoscope of harmonic tensions dominate works such as Monteverdi’s Adoramus te and de Lasso’s Timor et tremor, which captures the passion of the season. Gesualdo’s Vinea mea evinces the betrayal and despair depicted in the Good Friday story.
Interspersed between sets of sacred Renaissance music, Oliver Brett and Thomas Gaymor will perform Schubert’s Fantasia in F minor, which has been characterized as one of Schubert’s greatest compositions for piano duet. In addition, Mr. Brett and French hornist, Dan Hively, will perform Schumann’s Drei Fantasiestücke Op. 73, a passionate work with contrasting moments of deep introspection followed by bursts of euphoria.
The concert will close with Tomas Luis de Victoria’s somber Tenebrae factae sunt as the sanctuary lights are gradually dimmed to total darkness.