Featuring artists from Maine, St Mary Schola, hailed as “one of the most finely polished choirs in Portland” by music critic Allan Kozinn, is Maine’s only professional early music ensemble.
Schola will present sublime music by Gesualdo: his ‘Tenebarae factae sunt.’ These motets feature some of his most daring harmonies that powerfully depict the last hours of Christ’s life. The Gesualdo pieces will be coupled with later masterworks that are in the a cappella tradition: a sublime motet by Josef Rheinberger and the famous ‘Beati Quorum Via’ by C. V. Stanford.
Concluding the program are two great Bach cantata arias from ‘Ich habe genug’ and ‘Vergnügte Ruh’ and an aria from Handel’s ‘Theodora.’ The final work will be ‘Jona,’ an early oratorio by the Italian master Carissimi.
The concert will be performed in Falmouth, ME (5/11) and in Portland, ME at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception (5/9) and the Cathedral of Saint Luke (5/13). In addition, is a concert in North Conway, NH presented by the White Mountain Musical Arts (5/18).
Pre-concert talks 30 minutes prior to performances.