Hilliard Ensemble Begins Seven-City North American Tour | Playbill

Classic Arts News Hilliard Ensemble Begins Seven-City North American Tour
The Hilliard Ensemble, the four-man vocal ensemble from Great Britain that has, over nearly three decades, earned a high reputation in early and new music alike, begins a seven-city tour of North America tomorrow with a concert in Vancouver.

Not only will the hard-working quartet visit both coasts and the Midwest, they'll be performing five different programs:

  • "Douce M_moire" - Secular vocal music, ranging from the formal late-medieval chansons of du Fay through Renaissance madrigals to contemporary works by Veljo Tormis and Elizabeth Liddle (Whale Rant) and the exuberant avian onomatopoeias of Janequin's Chant des oiseaulx.

  • Requiem - the beautifully mournful Missa pro Defunctis of Orlando di Lasso, along with motets by Palestrina.

  • "Arkhangelos" - the group's newest program, a smorgasbord of music from various Christian traditions: sharakans from Armenia and laude from medieval Italy, along with modern works from the Roman Catholic (James MacMillan), Greek Orthodox (Ivan Moody), Russian Orthodox (Alexander Raskatov and Arvo P‹rt), and Anglican mystical (Jonathan Wilde) traditions.

  • "Se la face ay pale" - the Mass setting of that title by Guillaume du Fay, along with motets by Josquin Desprez and chant from 12th-century Aquitaine.

  • "Fortuna Desperata" - madrigals and songs from Renaissance Italy, France and England.

Concert dates, locations and programs are listed below.

Thurs., January 18 - Vancouver, BC - Univ. of British Columbia Recital Hall
"Douce M_moire"

Fri., January 19 - Bellingham, WA - PAC Concert Hall, Western Washington University
"Douce M_moire"

Sun., January 21 New York, NY - Music Before 1800, Corpus Christi Church
"In Paradisum"

Wed., January 24 - Washington, DC - Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery

Fri., January 26 - Chicago - Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, University of Chicago
"Se la Face ay Pale"

Sat., January 27 - Pittsburgh - Calvary Episcopal Church
"Se la Face ay Pale"

Sun., January 28 - Cleveland - Harkness Chapel, Case Western Reserve University
"Fortuna Desperata "

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