April 27--The Northern State University Chamber Singers and Early Music Ensemble will perform a concert of a cappella music at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Krikac Auditorium.
The Chamber Singers will open the concert with three motets by 19th-century composer Anton Bruckner, "Locus iste a Deo factus est," "Ave Maria" and "Christus factus est pro nobis obediens."
The Early Music Ensemble will then perform 16th-century madrigals and chansons from Italy, France and England. The ensemble will open with "El Grillo" by Josquin des Prez, then perform two French chansons, "Mon coeur se recommande a vous" by Orlando di Lasso and "Il est bel et bon" by Pierre Passereau. These will be followed by three English madrigals by Thomas Morley, "Sing We and Chant It," "April is in My Mistress' Face" and "Fire, Fire My Heart."
The middle set will use the texts of two English writers, William Shakespeare and William Blake, in late 20th-century settings. Beginning with Polish composer Jaakko Mantyjarvi's setting of the witches' scene from "Macbeth," the Chamber Singers will perform "The Lamb" by the recently deceased English composer John Taverner, followed by "The Sick Rose" from Icelandic composer Atli Heimir Sveinsson.
The Early Music Ensemble will perform two of the most famous sacred works from Tudor England -- Thomas Tallis' "If ye love me," and William Byrd's "Ave verum corpus." The ensemble will conclude its part of the concert with two pieces by early American composer William Billings, "When Jesus Wept" and "David's Lamentation."
The Chamber Singers will conclude the concert with music by Johan Sebastien Bach, "Trotz, Trotz dem alten Drachen" from "Jesu meine Freude," and an arrangement by Rhonda Sandberg, "Bach (Again) Come Sweet Death."
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