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11/12 Divine Voices Series

The Divine Voices Series celebrates the choral music tradition with three concerts at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church and one in St. Andrews Episcopal Church.

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State Symphony Capella of Russia
Valery Polyansky, conductor
Thursday, October 13, 7:30pm
St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church

Featuring 50 glorious voices, the State Symphony Capella of Russia was founded in 1991 as a result of a merger of the USSR State Chamber Choir and the State Symphony Orchestra of the USSR Ministry of Culture. The Capella’s program will include Russian choral works of Bortnianski, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Taneyev, Sidelnikov, and Schnittke, as well as works of Anton Bruckner and Russian folk songs.

Schola Cantorum of Venezuela
María Guinand, conductor
Thursday, October 27, 7:30pm
St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church

Schola Cantorum de Venezuela is one of the most important choral societies belonging to the growing choral movement in Venezuela. The premiere touring chorus of Latin America, the Schola Cantorum has a breathtaking range of repertoire, from sacred hymns and motets to propulsive rhythmic and tuneful popular idioms of their rich Latin American culture. Their Ann Arbor debut program, “Water and Fiesta,” features songs by composers from Venezuela, Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Colombia, Uruguay, Cuba, Mexico, and the US.

Veni Emmanuel: Tudor music for Christmas and Advent
Stile Antico
Wednesday, December 7, 7:30pm
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church

For this return engagement, Stile Antico moves across town to the beautiful sanctuary of St. Andrews Episcopal Church, where they will perform a program of Tudor music for Christmas and Advent. The program is centered on Thomas Tallis’s magnificent seven-part “Christmas” mass, written for the combined choirs of the Spanish and English Chapels Royal and first performed in December 1554.

The Tallis Scholars
Peter Phillips, artistic director
Thursday, Feburary 16, 7:30pm
St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church

The Tallis Scholars add a new dimension to UMS’s focus on artistic renegades, by presenting music of the wealthy Italian prince Carlos Gesualdo, most famous for his obsessive double murder of his wife and her lover, but also a maverick Renaissance composer whose eccentric approach to creating music and whose colorful life story inspired both Nadia Boulanger and Igor Stravinsky several hundred years later. At the centerpiece of this program is the Tenebrae Responses, the liturgy for the final three days of Holy Week. Works by other “maverick” Renaissance composers round out the program.

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