Finding a Rare Antique Musical Instrument

In May 2005, after receiving a tip from a friend on what she saw and thought to be an “old” instrument in an antique/coin shop in Fairview Heights, Illinois, I went to investigate. What appeared was an instrument in very

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Music from the World of Copernicos – Part 3 of 3

We conclude this series with Thomas Zajac’s program notes on Renaissance music for this program.  Tickets are available online or by phone. Polish Renaissance Music The works of the polyphonist, Wacław z Szamotuł (c. 1524 – 1560), survive mainly in

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Music from the World of Copernicus – Part 2 of 3

Continuing in our series of program notes and historical background for our upcoming concerts, by Thomas Zajac. Medieval Music We will begin the first half of the program with two chants that are rather well known to Polish audiences, Gaude Mater

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Music from the World of Copernicus – Part 1 of 3

Over the next 2 weeks, we will be bringing you a three part series on the historical background behind this program, contributed by musician and scholar Thomas Zajac. Part 1 – Historical Background From the 15th through early-17th centuries Poland

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Discovering the New World’s Old Music

Co-Director Ellen Hargis interviews Professor Drew Edward Davies   A specialist in earlier music of the Spanish world, Drew Edward Davies (PhD, UChicago) is Associate Professor of Musicology and Director of Graduate Music Studies at Northwestern University, Academic Coordinator of

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2014-15 Season Brochure

Our 2014-15 Season Brochure is now available to view online or to download.

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Program notes for Celestial Sirens II by Ellen Hargis

  The sound of an all-female vocal ensemble, by turns earthy, sensual, angelic and otherworldly, has fascinated listeners for centuries. Nowadays, we love Anonymous 4, female barbershop quartets, and The Supremes. In the 16th and 17th centuries, the Concerte delle

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Spanish Latin: gilding the lily

One of the best tools in a singer’s arsenal is text.  Words convey meaning, of course, but how we sing them give us endless possibilities to make articulation, color, phrasing, and rhythm beyond the musical notation.  In the field of

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Putting Humpty-Dumpty Together Again

I’ve been reveling in visual and aural beauty while transcribing the music for our upcoming concert “Celestial Sirens II” from the original manuscripts at the Newberry Library.  Every page of the vellum tells a story.  There are lovingly repaired rips

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Press Release: Feast of the Peasant

Feast of the Pheasant

  Famously extravagant 15thcentury feast re-created through music, texts, and imagery with The Feast of the Pheasant CHICAGO (January 6, 2014) — The Newberry Consort will present a multi-media concert of the music performed at the famous party thrown by

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