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The Canticum Novum Singers

"Chamber choruses don't come any better..." — The New York Times

2017

A Canticum Novum Christmas

The Canticum Novum Singers
with The Canticum Novum Youtth Choir, Edie Rosenbaum, Director
and James Adam, Organ

“This is the time of year when Christmas music makes its way into concert halls, but it would be hard to imagine a more pleasant evening of these folk and religious works than the program sung by the Canticum Novum Singers.” – The New York Times

Works by Victoria, Byrd, Praetorius, Britten and P.D.Q. Bach, plus traditional carols

2 Performances:

December 10, 2017 at 3 PM

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Katonah, NY
Admission: $20 general; $10 Students

Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 3 PM

St. Ignatius of Antioch, NYC
Admission: $25 general; $20 Students/Seniors

Tickets are available at the door or in advance at www.cvi.yapsody.com


Our 2018 Season

April 2018

Masterpieces by Josquin and Handel

The Canticum Novum Singers

with James Adams, Organ

When When Josquin was at the height of his power, he composed this extraordinary piece of music. It’s both a cantus firmus Mass and a paraphrase setting, cantus firmus because Josquin uses the Pange Lingua chant as the basis for each movement and paraphrase because he uses Pange Lingua’s melody in each of the Mass’ sections.The Mass is both refined and elegant with not one superfluous or misplaced note throughout its counterpoint. No wonder Martin Luther called him the "Master of notes. They must do as he wills; as for the other composers, they have to do as the note wills.”

Handel’s Chandos Anthems are truly little-known masterpieces. Overshadowed by operas and the Messiah, they certainly deserve to be heard regularly. From the Psalms, Handel chose the Biblical texts himself, as he always preferred to do, and then molded the music to fit the mood and spirit of the words. Each anthem begins with a Sinfonia or Sonata. The body of each anthem consists of arias and choral movements. Never over-long or repetitive, they are always satisfying musically while constantly changing in mood.

For our performance, we present many of the finest choral movements from these anthems. Works include Missa Pange Lingua by Josquin Des Prez and Choruses from Chandos Anthems by George Frideric Handel.

Returning to conduct Josquin Des Prez's Missa Pange Lingua, as I do every ten years or so, I am struck more than ever not only by the perfection of this, the greatest and most profound piece before Bach, but its transcendent beauty and utter serenity it exudes. Perhaps in this deeply troubled time we live in, it will give solace to those who are fortunate to bask in it, and perhaps even optimism and long-lasting joy.

2 Performances:

April 22, 2018 at 3 PM

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Katonah, NY
Admission: $20 general; $10 Students

April 28, 2018 at 8 PM

St. Ignatius of Antioch, NYC
Admission: $25 general; $20 Students/Seniors
Tickets are available at the door or in advance atwww.cvi.yapsody.com


June 2, 2018 at 3 PM

Symphony Space, NYC
ChoralFest USA
with The Canticum Novum Singers

Admission: FREE; reserved seating: $40

Each year ChoralFest USA highlights the wealth of musical talent across the country. The New York Virtuoso Singers joins over a dozen accomplished choirs from our region and beyond to reinforce a passion for American, and other, choral music. Audience members are free to come and go as they please during this marathon concert, which runs until 10 PM. For more information, please visit choralfestusa.org


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