Stile Antico Voices: Helen Ashby, Kate Ashby, Rebecca Hickey, sopranos Emma Ashby, Eleanor Harries, Carris Jones, altos Peter Asprey, Andrew Griffiths, Benedict Hymas, tenors Will Dawes, Oliver Hunt, Matthew O’Donovan, basses
Music Before 1800 presents Stile Antico, the sensational British vocal ensemble that has recently sprung to the top of the early-music field. The youthful singers will perform “Song of Songs,” a program of Renaissance motets by Gombert, Palestrina, Victoria, and other composers. The Old Testament’s Song of Songs is attributed to Solomon, King of Israel in the tenth century BC. Renaissance composers set the texts frequently, employing many expressive devices to illustrate the love-struck poetry.
The members of Stile Antico perform without a conductor, which enables them to communicate directly with audiences. They have appeared extensively throughout the UK and Europe, and during 2007 and 2008 took part in Sting’s Dowland project. This summer’s North American debut at the Boston Early Music Festival met with acclaim; The New York Times hailed them as “worthy competitors for the Tallis Scholars.” Stile Antico records exclusively for harmonia mundi. The CD Song of Songs has received glowing praise, including “Editor’s Choice” in Classic FM Magazine and first place on Billboard’s classical music chart.
DATE & TIME:
Sunday, October 25, 2009 4 pm
Corpus Christi Church 529 West 121st Street between Broadway & Amsterdam Avenue Manhattan
$40-$20 ~ General Admission $35-$15 ~ Students/Seniors