• Wednesday, Jan 11, 2017

    The Tallis Scholars Lead Workshop for Young Singers as Part of Carnegie Hall's La Serenissima Festival

    Five-Day Workshop Culminates With “Venetian Voices: The Splendors of San Marco,” A Joint Performance at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola on February 8
    La Serenissima Festival Celebrates Music and Arts from the Venetian Republic
    Image by Richard Termine
    Program Information
    Wednesday, February 8 at 8:00 p.m.
    Church of St. Ignatius Loyola
    VENETIAN VOICES: THE SPLENDORS OF SAN MARCO
    The Tallis Scholars
    Carnegie Hall Chamber Chorus
    Peter Phillips, Conductor
    Daniel Hyde, Organ

    ADRIAN WILLAERT "Lauda Jerusalem Dominum"
    ADRIAN WILLAERT "Ave virgo sponsa Dei"
    ANDREA GABRIELI Ricercar del primo tono
    FRANCESCO CAVALLI Requiem: Missa pro defunctis
    FRANCESCO CAVALLI Kyrie: Missa pro defunctis
    FRANCESCO CAVALLI Dies irae: Missa pro defunctis
    PALESTRINA “Laudate pueri Dominum”
    TOMÁS LUIS DE VICTORIA "Salve regina"
    CIPRIANO DE RORE "Descendi in hortum meum"
    ANDREA GABRIELI “Frais et gaillard” from Canzoni alla francese et ricercari ariosi
    GIOVANNI GABRIELI "Jubilate Deo omnis terra"
    GIOVANNI GABRIELI "Omnes gentes plaudite manibus"

    Tickets: $51, $61

    La Serenissima: Music and Arts from the Venetian Republicis sponsored by Chubb.

    The Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism has granted La Serenissima: Music and Arts from the Venetian Republic its official support (“Patrocinio”) in recognition of Carnegie Hall’s celebration of Italy’s extraordinarily rich cultural legacy.

    Carnegie Hall gratefully acknowledges the support of the Ministry of Heritage and Culture and Tourism in Rome; the Embassy of Italy in Washington, DC; and the Consulate General of Italy in New York.

    Workshops and master classes are made possible, in part, by Mr. and Mrs. Nicola Bulgari and The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation.

    Bank of America is the Proud Season Sponsor of Carnegie Hall.
    Reprising a highly acclaimed 2015 Carnegie Hall workshop, Peter Phillips and The Tallis Scholars offer focused training to a select group of young choral singers over multiple days this February, culminating in Venetian Voices: The Splendors of San Marco, a joint concert at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola on Wednesday, February 8 at 8:00 p.m. The workshop, part of Carnegie Hall’s citywide La Serenissima: Music and Arts from the Venetian Republic festival, draws upon the signature polychoral repertoire written to be performed in St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice by Willaert and Giovanni Gabrieli, as well as works by Palestrina, Victoria, and other composers who were influenced by the Venetian style from elsewhere in Renaissance and Baroque Europe. Complete program information is listed below.

    The workshop is tuition-free and presented by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute as part of its series of programs for aspiring young musicians. Twenty-four singers from the United States and abroad were selected to participate following an open call for auditions. In April 2015, The Tallis Scholars and Peter Phillips led a similar workshop for pre-professional singers on choral masterworks of the Renaissance as part of Carnegie Hall’s Before Bach series. Additional information and online applications for workshops and master classes are available at carnegiehall.org/workshops.

    For more information about La Serenissima: Music and Arts from the Venetian Republic, including artist interviews, in-depth videos, and a full schedule of concerts, lectures, and exhibitions, visit carnegiehall.org/venice.


    About the Artists
    The Tallis Scholars were founded in 1973 by their director, Peter Phillips. Through their recordings and concert performances, they have established themselves as the leading exponents of Renaissance sacred music throughout the world. Mr. Phillips has worked with the ensemble to create, through good tuning and blend, the purity and clarity of sound which he feels best serves the Renaissance repertoire, allowing every detail of the musical lines to be heard. It is the resulting beauty of sound for which The Tallis Scholars have become so widely renowned. 

    The Tallis Scholars perform in both sacred and secular venues, giving approximately 70 concerts each year around the globe. Their career highlights have included a tour of China in 1999, including two concerts in Beijing; and the privilege of performing in the Sistine Chapel in April 1994 to mark the final stage of the complete restoration of the Michelangelo frescoes, broadcast simultaneously on Italian and Japanese television. The ensemble have commissioned many contemporary composers during their history: in 1998, they celebrated their 25th anniversary with a special concert in London's National Gallery, premiering a Sir John Tavener work written for the group and narrated by Sting. A further performance was given with Sir Paul McCartney in New York in 2000. The Tallis Scholars are broadcast regularly on radio (including performances from London’s BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall in 2007, 2008, and 2011) and have also been featured on the acclaimed ITV program The South Bank Show.

    Recordings by The Tallis Scholars have attracted many awards throughout the world. In 1987, their recording of Josquin's Missa La sol fa re mi and Missa Pange lingua received Gramophone’s Record of the Year, the first recording of early music ever to win this coveted award. In 1989, the French magazine Diapason gave two of its critical Diapason d'Or awards for the recordings of a mass and motets by Lassus and for Josquin's two masses based on the chanson L'Homme armé. Their recording of Palestrina's Missa Assumpta est Maria and Missa Sicut lilium was awarded Gramophone’s Early Music Award in 1991; they received the 1994 Early Music Award for their recording of music by Cipriano de Rore; and the same distinction again in 2005 for their disc of music by John Browne. In 2010, they released three 4-CD box sets of The Best of The Tallis Scholars, one for each decade of its history. The Tallis Scholars’ ongoing project to record Josquin’s complete cycle of masses, when completed, will run to nine discs. 

    Peter Phillips has made an impressive if unusual reputation for himself in dedicating his life’s work to the research and performance of Renaissance polyphony. Having won a scholarship to Oxford in 1972, Mr. Phillips studied Renaissance music with David Wulstan and Denis Arnold, and gained experience in conducting small vocal ensembles, already experimenting with the rarer parts of the repertoire. He founded The Tallis Scholars in 1973, with who he has now appeared in almost 2000 concerts and made over 60 discs, encouraging interest in polyphony all over the world.

    Apart from The Tallis Scholars, Mr. Phillips continues to work with other specialist ensembles. He has appeared with the BBC Singers, the Collegium Vocale Ghent, and the Netherlands Chamber Choir, and is currently working with the Choeur de Chambre de Namur, Intrada of Moscow, Musica Reservata of Barcelona, and El Leon de Oro of Oviedo. He gives numerous master classes and choral workshops every year around the world–among other places in Rimini (Italy), Evora (Portugal) and Barcelona (Spain). In 2014, Mr. Phillips launched the London International A Cappella Choir Competition in St. John's Smith Square, attracting choirs from all over the world. 

    He has made numerous television and radio broadcasts. Besides those featuring The Tallis Scholars (including many live broadcasts from the BBC Proms), he has appeared several times on the BBC’s Music Weekly and on the BBC World Service, on Kaleidoscope (BBC Radio 4), on Today (BBC Radio 4), National Public Radio in the US and on German, French, Italian, Spanish and Canadian radio, where he has enjoyed deploying his love of languages. In 1990, ITV’s The South Bank Show featured Peter’s ‘personal odyssey’ with the Tallis Scholars; while, in 2002, a special television documentary was made for the BBC about the life and times of William Byrd. Mr. Phillips has recently been appointed a Reed Rubin Director of Music and Bodley Fellow at Merton College, Oxford, where the new choral foundation that he helped to establish began singing services in 2008. In 2005, he was made a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Minister of Culture, a decoration intended to honor individuals who have contributed to the understanding of French culture in the world.
    Ticket Information
    Tickets, priced $51 and $61, are available at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, 154 West 57th Street, or can be charged to major credit cards by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800 or by visiting the Carnegie Hall website, carnegiehall.org.

    For more information on discount ticket programs, including those for students, Notables members, and Bank of America customers, visit carnegiehall.org/discounts. Artists, programs, and prices are subject to change.
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