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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Press Release: Rarely performed masterworks of the Polish Renaissance to Chicago’s Polish-American community

For additional information, contact: Stephanie Malmquist, Little Light Marketing [email protected]     60 West Walton Street, Chicago, IL 60610    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The Newberry Consort brings rarely performed masterworks of the Polish Renaissance to Chicago’s Polish-American community CHICAGO

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Press Release: Celestial Sirens Cleveland

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For Immediate Release Contact:     Beverly Simmons 216-401-2485   The Church of the Covenant presents Celestial Sirens: Music from Italian & Mexican Convents The Newberry Consort, Ellen Hargis, director March 20, 2013 at 7:30 pm The Newberry Consort of Chicago

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Press Release: Celestial Sirens Chicago

The Howard Mayer Brown Memorial Concert   Music from Italian and Mexican Convents January 20 – 22, 2012 The Newberry Consort kicks off 2012 with Celestial Sirens, a program of music from 17th-century Mexican and Italian convents, on January 20th at

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A work in progress…

We’ve completed day 2 of rehearsal, and find ourselves at once elated, frustrated, moved, and challenged!  What a repertoire – exquisitely beautiful, fiendishly difficult, and endlessly fascinating. We’ve been unknotting rhythmic kinks, drawing on Mark Rimple’s understanding of the notation.

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