February 18, 2014

"Spem in Alium" in Washington THIS SATURDAY



Spem in alium nunquam habui præter in te, Deus Israel:
qui irasceris et propitius eris,
et omnia peccata hominum in tribulatione dimittis.
Domine Deus, Creator cæli et terræ,
respice humilitatem nostram.

I have never put my hope in any other but in you, God of Israel,
who will be angry and yet become again gracious,
and who forgive all the sins of man in suffering.
Lord God, creator of heaven and earth,
look upon our lowliness.

Spem in Alium, by Thomas Tallis: A 40 voice motet sung by nearly 100 people (by "40 voices," I mean, there are 40 different parts divided into 8 separate choirs). It is one of the choral masterpieces of the West, and it is being performed this Saturday at Holy Comforter / Saint Cyprian Church in S.E. Washington.

Nearly 100 sacred musicians of the Washington DC metro area with be gathering for a collegial workshop to rehearse and sing Thomas Tallis' masterful 40-part Renaissance motet for 8 choirs, the magnificent Spem in Alium. Join us to hear a live performance of this Renaissance gem.

3:30p Free performance (Doors will open at 3p)
4:30-6:30p Reception at The Ugly Mug, for those who donated $10+ (Light hors d'ouvres + Open Bar)

Ensemble Director: David Lang, Artistic Director of the Reston Chorale and Music Director of St. John the Beloved Catholic Church. It's being organized by Chorus Sine Nomine.

To register, please visit the Event-brite page. And please consider donating as well! This is an ambitious piece to perform, and naturally many expenses have arisen in trying to perform this piece.

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