Toward the Dawn
A musical journey from evening to sunrise
Our programme charts a course from twilight to sunrise, echoing both the rhythms of church liturgy and the medieval experience of night, seductive and unsettling in equal measure. Taverner’s mighty Ave Dei patris filia, based on a chant for Matins, stands at the end of a delicious sequence of sacred music, chansons, and madrigals by both English and Continental composers. Highlights include Allegri’s beloved Miserere mei and Nico Muhly’s Gentle Sleep, a haunting setting of words by Shakespeare, written especially for the 12 voices of Stile Antico.
The Covid policy for this event will be in sync with St. John’s guidelines at the time of the concert.
‘Twilight gray had in her sober livery all things clad’ Milton
Draw on sweet night, John Wilbye
Te lucis ante terminum, Thomas Tallis
Come sable night, John Ward
Vigilate, William Byrd
‘Through the spaces of the dark, midnight shakes the memory’ T.S. Eliot
In manus tuas, John Sheppard
Miserere mei, Gregorio Allegri
THE SMALL HOURS
‘Come, Sleep, the certain knot of peace’ Sidney
Laboravi in gemitu meo, Philippe Rogier/Thomas Morley
Toutes les nuitz, Orlande de Lassus
Gentle Sleep, Nico Muhly
‘The morning steals upon the night, melting the darkness’ Shakespeare
O nata lux, Thomas Tallis
Ecco mormorar l’onde, Claudio Monteverdi
Ave Dei patris filia, John Taverner
Tickets: $36, including fees. K-12 free with accompanying adult.
Masks are optional. Vaccine cards will be checked. Join us for a Q&A with the group after the performance!
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