We are proud to announce our upcoming concerts on March 7 in Berkeley and March 8 in San Francisco: Ye Sacred Muses - Music of the Chapel Royal. The Chapel Royal was for centuries the seat of British sacred music-making, and we will perform lesser-known a cappella works by Henry Purcell, William Byrd, Thomas Tallis, and George Frederic Handel. Also, we will mine the madrigal compilation The Triumphs of Oriana -- a tribute to Queen Elizabeth I -- and its 20th-century companion, A Garland for the Queen, which honors Queen Elizabeth II with contributions by Howells, Vaughan Williams, Finzi and others. After a season that has so far included many modern and adventurous works, we are eager to return to the cathedral roots and illuminated harmonies that inspired our name!
Added by CLERESTORY on February 9, 2009