England’s Phoenix: William Byrd
Historic St. Peter Church, E 17th St @ Superior Ave, Cleveland, OH
On Sunday, May 22, at 4 pm, Quire Cleveland presents a concert of the divine choral music of William Byrd. The greatest English composer of the Renaissance, he was called England’s Phoenix. His sublime motets & anthems, nestled around the magisterial Mass for 5 Voices, will captivate & inspire you.
This program features some of the best of the best, including two motets that survive in a set of manuscript partbooks in Case Western Reserve University’s Special Collections Library, and an exquisite anthem that only came to light in 1982.
Enriching your exploration of William Byrd’s choral music will be an introduction by the composer’s prize-winning biographer, Dr. Kerry McCarthy.
This exquisite choral music is brought to life by the glorious voices of Quire Cleveland, conducted by artistic director, Ross Duffin, and guaranteed to make life more harmonious!
Tickets are $30 for premium seats; $20 general admission; $18 seniors (65+); $5 students (full-time); under 18 free. Free guarded parking.
Presented with support from the Cuyahoga Arts & Culture and the Ohio Arts Council.
Sing joyfully; BL MS Add. 29372–7 (1616)
Ne irascaris – Civitas sancti tui; Cantiones Sacrae I (1589)
Kyrie eleison (from the Mass for Five Voices); Printed without TP (ca.1595)
Venite exultemus; Gradualia II (1607)
Exalt thyself, O God; Worcester Cathedral Library MS A 3.3
Gloria (from the Mass for Five Voices)
Credo (from the Mass for Five Voices)In resurrectione tua; Cantiones Sacrae I (1589)
Tollite portas; Gradualia I (1605)
Sanctus (from the Mass for Five Voices)
Haec dicit Dominus; Cantiones Sacrae II (1591)
Ave verum corpus; Gradualia I (1605)
Agnus dei (from the Mass for Five Voices)