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Byrd of a Feather

Join us for a celebration of English Renaissance composer William Byrd in the four hundredth year following his death. Journey through Byrd's outstanding corpus with Schola Antiqua, as we survey his musical contributions to the Catholic recusant community, highlighting themes of trial and deliverance. The concert will feature readings from the works of Jesuit priest Robert Southwell, whom Byrd met in 1586, as well as other recusant poets, read by actor Jeff Parker. The program further include the composer’s keyboard music from My Lady Nevell’s Book (1589), a collection that represents the most prized music for keyboard known to that point. Guest harpsichordist Jason Moy (DePaul University), a specialist in Renaissance and Baroque keyboard music, joins Schola Antiqua to present music from this beloved compilation. Composer Nicolas Chuaqui also will contribute a commissioned work for the quatercentenary.

Friday, October 20, 2023, 7:30pm (TBD)
Saturday, October 21, 2023, 8:00pm (Bond Chapel, University of Chicago)
Sunday, October 22, 2023, 3:00pm (Indian Boundary Park)


This concert is generously sponsored by the Lumen Christi Institute of Chicago. Nicolas Chuaqui's commission is supported by a grant from the Saints, volunteers for the performing arts.

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