The Byrd Ensemble

Saturday, June 08, 2013

Markdavin Obenza, artistic director

In the Company of William Byrd

Seattle-based Byrd Ensemble returns to New York with a program of Renaissance music by William Byrd and his contemporaries.

8 pm

Tickets:          $20 General Admission/$15 Seniors (60+)/$10 Students

General Admission at the door.

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The Byrd Ensemble, directed by Markdavin Obenza, will perform “In the Company of William Byrd,” a program of Renaissance music by William Byrd and his contemporarieson Saturday, June 8, 2013 at 8pm at St. Mary the Virgin (Times Square) – 145 W. 46th Street, New York City.

English Renaissance composer William Byrd's (1540-1623) status as an early music superstar owes some credit to the influence of his colleagues. His interaction with other composers from all over Europe influenced his style. This program will highlight musical similarities Byrd shared with some of his contemporaries and will include a world-premiere reconstruction of a piece by Alfonso Ferrabosco (1543-1588). The program will also feature music by Jacob Clemens non Papa (c.1510- c.1555), Thomas Morley (c.1557-1602) and Philip van Wilder (c.1500-1554).


FERRABOSCO: Da pacem Domine

BYRD: Plorans plorabit

BYRD: Tristitia et anxietas

CLEMENS: Tristitia et anxietas

MONTE: Filiae Jerusalem

WILDER: O doux regard

BYRD: Ne irascaris Domine

MORLEY: Domine, Dominus noster

BYRD: Libera me Domine

BYRD: Ad Dominum cum tribularer

About the Ensemble:

THE BYRD ENSEMBLE is a Seattle-based vocal ensemble specializing in the performance of chamber vocal music. Since 2003, the ensemble has performed medieval, Renaissance, baroque and modern music across the United States. Described as "pure and radiant" (Gramophone), "immensely impressive" (Early Music Review), and "rich, full-voiced, and perfectly blended" (Early Music America), the ensemble is garnering international acclaim for its recordings of renaissance vocal music. The Byrd Ensemble is an Artist-in-Residence at Seattle’s first Episcopal church, Trinity Parish (established 1865), where the group presents its subscription series. The Byrd Ensemble is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The group’s creative efforts are led by Markdavin Obenza.