MAY 17: Songs of Love & Death

Music of Cipriano de Rore, from his groundbreaking 1542 publication, I madrigali a cinque voci (madrigals for five voices).

Concert in Newton: Songs of Love & Death

Friday, May 17, 2019 • 7:30 pm

Church of the Redeemer
379 Hammond Street
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Join Blue Heron for an evening of madrigals by Cipriano de Rore, one of the most expressive and influential composers of the mid-sixteenth century, whom Monteverdi called “il divino.” Rore launched his career with the landmark publication of I madrigali a cinque voci in 1542, a collection of twenty madrigals, many of which set sonnets from Petrarch’s Canzoniere, which changed the course of music history. In 2015 the American Musicological Society awarded the Noah Greenberg Prize to Blue Heron and to musicologist Jessie Ann Owens to support a world-premiere recording of the complete book, which is scheduled for release in the fall of 2019.

Blue Heron
Margot Rood, soprano
Martin Near, countertenor
Owen McIntosh, tenor
Jason McStoots, tenor
Sumner Thompson, tenor
Paul Guttry, bass
Scott Metcalfe, director
with special guest Alessandro Quarta, reader

Introductory remarks by Jessie Ann Owens (UC Davis, emerita)

Buy in Advance and Save: $40 General Admission / $35 Senior / $10 Student/Low Income
Tickets at the door: $43 / $38 / $10
Under 18 admitted free

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Newton Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.