Thursday, December 6, 2012

Sæculorum Sæculis

Tonight my lovely wife and I went to my parent's church, St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, to see the Evermore and evermore: Carols Then and Now concert by local Early Musicgreats Musica Spei, sponsored by the phenomenal Music Department at St. Paul's:
    Musica Spei, one of Rochester's most beloved early music vocal ensembles, will present a program of seasonal Christmas Music, from the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Favorite carols will be sung in their "modern" versions with audience participation, and then sung by the ensemble in their Medieval or renaissance versions.
In the first half of the concert, we were treated to the music of luminaries such as William Byrd, Orlande de Lassus, Francisco Guerrero, Jacobus Gallus, and Cristóbal de Morales. The second half was participatory and educational, with the audience singing familar hymns like O come, O come, Emmanuel and the scholars then showing us how Veni, Veni Emmanuel was sung centuries ago. All this just down the road with neighbors! It was almost enough to have me consider reversion to the High-Church Lutheranism in which I was raised, until I recalled all the music was Catholic!

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Blogger Andrew said...

One of the musicians there, Robert Laird, is also the music director for the Fellowship of St. Alban, the Rochester Ordinariate group.

Just sayin'

December 7, 2012 at 12:02 AM  

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