Music in Secret: Sounds from the Early Modern Convent

Organist Naomi Gregory returns to direct the women of Schola Antiqua. This performance revives the program "Music in Secret," which includes some of the earliest known polyphony associated with nuns from an anonymous collection of printed partbooks from 1543. Schola Antiqua’s program also features medieval plainchant and early modern choral music, such as that by Sulpitia Cesis, a nun from the northern Italian city of Modena. Gregory will also perform keyboard works linked to Italian convents. Guest viola da gamba player Cora Swenson Lee joins the women of the ensemble.

Saturday, March 19, 2022, 7:30pm 
Kemp Recital Hall
401 S. School Street

Illinois State University
Free admission

Sunday, March 20, 2022, 3:00pm
Rockefeller Memorial Chapel
5850 S. Woodlawn Ave.

University of Chicago
Free admission

Schola Antiqua wishes to thank the Lumen Christi Institute and the Division of the Humanities at the University of Chicago for support of “Music in Secret” on March 20. This program is also partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency and an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.


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