This November, Polyhymnia celebrates 15 years of music-making: From our humble
beginnings in the West Village to artistic triumphs at venues in the world beyond New
York, certain pieces have gained a special place in our hearts. Please join us for an
evening of music chosen by our performers as their favorites, drawn from our concerts
over the years and titled in honor of our namesake, Polyhymnia, the ancient Greek
patroness of sacred music. From the tender intimacy of Victoria’s beloved O magnum
mysterium and the sensual elegance of Clemens Non Papa’s Ego flos campi to the
splendid profusion of Tallis’ Loquebantur variis linguis, we offer a musical feast of
Renaissance masterpieces ~ To be followed by a proper feast, a Gala Reception in honor
of our fifteenth anniversary!
Saturday, November 14, 2009
The Muse of Sacred Song
Music of Clemens Non Papa, Isaac, Tallis, Manchicourt & others
Fifteenth Anniversary Season: 2009 ~ 2010
Saturday March 13, 2010
Psalmi Davidis Poenitentiales
Orlande de Lassus (1532 ~ 1594)
In 1563 Lassus composed a cycle of the Penitential Psalms ~ the Biblical poetry
believed to have been written by King David in penance for his adultery with the
beautiful Bathsheba. Lassus’ settings of these poignant texts are a towering
achievement: one of the greatest cycles by a single composer in history.
Commissioned by Duke Albrecht V of Bavaria and jealously guarded, the
Penitential Psalms were never performed outside of Albrecht’s chapel until after
his death. Come glimpse behind the tapestried walls of the High Renaissance
ducal court at Munich, and hear the sounds that so moved their patron that he
kept these works for his own private devotions.
Saturday, May 8, 2010
Music from the Churches of Rome
Music of Allegri, Anerio, Morales, Palestrina & Victoria
Cappella Sistina, San Giovani in Laterano, Santa Maria Maggiore; these
names reverberate in our collective memories as the fundamental foundations of
the Roman Church. In the years that bridge the 16th and 17th centuries, these
remarkable buildings echoed with the sounds of music by such composers as
Victoria, Morales, and Palestrina ~ including Gregorio Allegri’s celebrated
Miserere mei, Deus. Come with us as we explore the musical works and
traditions of these magnificent edifices, and the remarkable composers who
provided the celestial harmonies for their liturgies.
All Concerts 8:00 PM
The Church of St. Ignatius of Antioch,
552 West End Ave (entrance on W. 87th Street)
New York, NY 10024
Pre-concert lectures 7:00 PM
Tickets: $25 General Admission
$15 Students, Seniors & EMA Members
Polyhymnia's concerts are made possible in part with public funds from the following:
The Manhattan Community Arts Fund, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs
The Fund for Creative Communities, supported by the New York State Council on the Arts.
Both programs are administered by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.