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Singen und Sagen:
Praetorius’ Polyhymnia Caduceatrix et Panegyrica
- A Concert for Hope in a
Time of War
Michael Praetorius’ Polyhymnia Caduceatrix et Panegyrica contains
some of the most sophisticated polychoral writing in all of seventeenth-century
German sacred music, representing a level of composition on par with Monteverdi’s
Vespers of 1610. Praetorius’ combination of vocal virtuosity, adventurous
use of performance space, and unfettered orchestration make Polyhymnia a true spectacle. The
collection’s publication date of 1619, one year after the official beginning of
the Thirty Years’ War, adds further poignancy to its lushness, as the
subsequent years of strife and famine would decimate the massive forces needed to perform it.
Nearly 400 years later, Singen und Sagen will bring together
Eastman faculty, students, distinguished alumni, and musicians from the
Rochester community for a free-to-the public, fully-orchestrated performance of
some of the grandest works from Polyhymnia.
Produced by historical trombonist and Eastman alumnus Liza
Malamut, and Stephen Kennedy, director of the Christ Church Schola Cantorum,
the concert will feature the beautiful music of Praetorius performed by the
Schola Cantorum and a period orchestra of sackbuts, cornetti, strings, organ,
natural trumpets, and more.
David Higgs and Nathan Laube,
Christ Church Schola Cantorum; Stephen Kennedy, director
All concerts are free unless otherwise noted. All concerts listed are open to the public. Please note that all concerts are subject to change.
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