The women of Schola Antiqua
return "in secret"
The women of Schola Antiqua reunited for their first concert since 2019 with a revival of their popular "Music in Secret" program. Performances took place in Chicago and on the campus of Illinois State University. The concert was also offered in a virtual performance for the Bloomington Early Music Festival on May 27, 2022. That concert is available here.
Featuring guest director Naomi Gregory, this program of convent music journeys through a half millennium of sounds written for and by nuns. Schola Antiqua’s concert features some of the earliest known polyphony associated with nuns from an anonymous collection of printed partbooks from 1543. The events include medieval plainchant and early modern choral music, such as that by Sulpitia Cesis, a nun from the northern Italian city of Modena. Gregory also performs keyboard works linked to Italian convents. Guest viola da gamba player Cora Swenson Lee joins the women of the ensemble.