Returning to Stratford Summer Music for its third visit, The Theatre of Early Music choir stands out for the choral beauty it has added to our recent seasons. With the leadership and the occasional vocal participation of Canada’s renowned countertenor, Daniel Taylor, this ensemble has thrilled Stratford audiences with programs of music and ceremony from the Coronation of King George II and Great Baroque Choruses.
For 2017 the Choir presents a choral pilgrimage of Tudor counterpoint and 20th-century works enhanced with the choreography of another outstanding Canadian artist, David Earle. The pinnacle of the program will feature members of Dance Theatre David Earle interpreting the Choir’s presentation of Miserere, a glorious setting of Psalm 51 (Have mercy on me, O God) originally penned by the Italian composer Gregorio Allegri in the 1630’s. Legend says that for more than a century the Papacy strictly kept the score in its archives for exclusive use in the Sistine Chapel, but in 1770 the fourteen-year old Wolfgang Mozart heard the work on a visit to Rome and copied it, by memory, so that others could sing the music. Today, this work is recognised as one of the musical treasures of centuries past, receiving more performances around the world than any other work of sacred music; in honour of its creator, its title is generally presented as the Allegri Miserere.
In a season where the focus will often be on other musical genres and performances, this concert will be a choral highlight, not to be missed!
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Assisted with a gift from:
Heather V. Gibson
The Theatre of Early Music (TEM) records exclusively for Sony Classical Masterworks.
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Wednesday July 26 | 7 pm
$40 | $35 | $30 + HST (+$5 at the door)