Opening Recital: The Most Famous Motet Saturday, October 21, 8PM & Sunday, October 22, 3PM Bachgrounder lecture 35 minutes before each performance Green Mountain Consort Directed by Robert Worth St. Seraphim Orthodox Church Santa Rosa
Most anyone who loves Renaissance music, or anyone who has ever taken a music appreciation class, is familiar with the sublime ‘Ave Maria’ of Josquin Desprez (c1450-55–1521). One of the clearest exemplars of the Renaissance polyphonic style, it seems to breathe a world all its own. In our Opening Recital, we will explore the precursors of this magical piece, and also follow it into the future, as composers not only adopt its style, but also use it as the basis for so-called ‘parody’ works—the ultimate form of musical compliment. And we’ll match the music with visual images from the signal episodes in the life of Mary which it commemorates.
Green Mountain Consort was founded as a one-on-a-part ensemble specializing in Renaissance music. This group is featured each season in our Sacred Realms concert set, held in the domed and frescoed church of St. Seraphim Orthodox Church. Dianna Morgan, soprano Amanda McFadden, mezzo-soprano Shawna Hervé, alto Stephen Shaver, tenor Paul Haile, tenor Bob Worth, bass