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The Byrd Ensemble

BACH'S WACHET AUF & MAGNIFICAT

Seattle, WA
The Byrd Ensemble and Seattle Baroque Orchestra join forces once again for a performance of Bach's Wachet auf and Magnificat.

LESSONS AND CAROLS

Seattle, WA
The Byrd Ensemble and Allegra from the Seattle Girls Choir under the direction of Sarra Sharif Doyle present Lessons and Carols, a performance based on A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols popularized by the King's Colleg... read more

FLEMISH MASTERS

Seattle, WA
This concert features the best Franco-Flemish composers of the Renaissance. The centerpiece of the program Orlando Lassus's mass setting Missa super Bell' Amfitrit' altera, scored for eight voices. Accompanying the mass, a... read more

OUR LADY

Seattle, WA
This program features Renaissance and contemporary motets dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Music by Renaissance composers Josquin, Tomás Luis de Victoria, and Palestrina are juxtaposed with music by contemporary composers Arv... read more
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Past Events

MONUMENTS OF THE RENAISSANCE: Spem in alium

MONUMENTS OF THE RENAISSANCE: Spem in alium

Seattle, WA
Opening our 15 year anniversary season is a program featuring Renaissance music for large vocal forces, including Thomas Tallis's 40-part Spem in alium and Robert Carver's 19-part O bone Jesu. Accompanying these masterpieces are some of our favorite motets from all over Europe, featuring music by...
Saturday, October 12 2019 8:00 PM 9:30 PM

A POLYPHONIC FEAST: Renaissance music for special occasions (Portland)

A POLYPHONIC FEAST: Renaissance music for special occasions (Portland)

Portland, OR
#3: POLYPHONIC FEAST: Renaissance music for special occasions (Portland) Composers knew the importance of religious feast days and produced their best for the occasion. The program features richly scored music for six to eight parts by English Renaissance composers John Taverner and John Sheppar...
Sunday, March 3 2019 3:00 PM 4:30 PM

A POLYPHONIC FEAST: Renaissance music for special occasions

A POLYPHONIC FEAST: Renaissance music for special occasions

Seattle, WA
#3 POLYPHONIC FEAST: Renaissance music for special occasions Composers knew the importance of religious feast days and produced their best for the occasion. The program features richly scored music for six to eight parts by English Renaissance composers John Taverner and John Sheppard. The cente...
Saturday, March 2 2019 8:00 PM 9:30 PM

A German Christmas

A German Christmas

Seattle, WA
#2 A GERMAN CHRISTMAS Kick off the Christmas season with a festive program from Renaissance Germany. This program features a variety of German Christmas carols, chorales, and motets by Michael and Hieronymus Praetorius, Hans Hassler, Heinrich Schütz, and Franz Gruber. PROGRAM H. PRAETORIUS Mag...
Saturday, November 24 2018 7:30 PM 9:00 PM

MUSICAL POLITICS: Motets of Influence (Portland)

MUSICAL POLITICS: Motets of Influence (Portland)

Portland, OR
#1 MUSICAL POLITICS: Motets of Influence Sacred music generally served a liturgical purpose, and often also a political one. Whether it was Tallis and Byrd dedicating large collections of motets to the Queen in return for a monopoly on music printing rights, or the music from Tallis’s Gaude glor...
Sunday, October 28 2018 3:00 PM 4:30 PM

MUSICAL POLITICS: Motets of Influence

MUSICAL POLITICS: Motets of Influence

Seattle, WA
#1 MUSICAL POLITICS: Motets of Influence Sacred music generally served a liturgical purpose, and often also a political one. Whether it was Tallis and Byrd dedicating large collections of motets to the Queen in return for a monopoly on music printing rights, or the music from Tallis’s Gaude glor...
Saturday, October 13 2018 8:00 PM 9:30 PM

EVOLUTION OF CHANT

EVOLUTION OF CHANT

Portland, OR
#4 EVOLUTION OF CHANT: A Starting Point Chant has been the cornerstone of Eastern and Western music since the 9th century. It has provided a musical foundation for the evolution of Renaissance, Baroque, and contemporary music. While composers like Renaissance master Thomas Tallis use actual chan...
Sunday, April 15 2018 3:00 PM 4:30 PM

EVOLUTION OF CHANT

EVOLUTION OF CHANT

Seattle, WA
#4 EVOLUTION OF CHANT: A Starting Point Motets based on chant. Chant has been the cornerstone of Western music since the 9th century. It has provided an evolutionary foundation from the Gregorian era to the Renaissance, Baroque, and even contemporary music. While some composers like Renaissance ...
Saturday, March 17 2018 8:00 PM 9:30 PM

PARADISE

PARADISE

Seattle, WA
#3 PARADISE: Death and the Afterlife There is no shortage of music about death and the afterlife and perhaps because of the sheer output, we are bound to encounter some incredibly moving masterpieces. From the Spanish Renaissance with Juan Esquivel, to the early 20th century with English master ...
Saturday, February 3 2018 8:00 PM 9:30 PM

A CLASSIC CHRISTMAS

A CLASSIC CHRISTMAS

Seattle, WA
#2 A CLASSIC CHRISTMAS Join the Byrd Ensemble for a festive Christmas program featuring traditional carol arrangements by the finest English composers. The main course is Benjamin Britten's famous Ceremony of Carols and Gustav Holst's Four Old English Carols, both with harp. Accompanying these p...
Saturday, November 25 2017 8:00 PM 9:30 PM

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