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Posted by: Charles Q. Sullivan Posted on: Apr 4th, 2012, 2:57am
21 April 2012: EMN Concludes 25th Anniversary with a Blaze of Glory
For Immediate Release:
for further information contact Charles Q. Sullivan
414.225.3113 or info@earlymusicnow.org
This Press Release
Program, Bios of Each Ensemble
Photos of Each Ensemble
Blaze of Glory: Early Music Now
Milwaukee's Early Music Now concludes its 25th anniversary celebration with a program title that reflects the entire season: “Blaze of Glory: Early Music Now.” Though the title was created by the performers themselves, this program concludes a season marked thus-far by record audiences and support, and exploring both long-standing and new relationships with artists of international fame. The series also explores landmark buildings in the city, ideally matching program to venue. In this case, St. Joseph Center Chapel, 1501 South Layton Boulevard, provides the ambiance for a program celebrating music much of which was written to honor Holy Roman Emperors, Kings, and Popes, at 5:00 on Saturday, April 21st.
The two award-winning ensembles combining for this excursion into music of the Renaissance include the four young women of the recorder collective QNG: Quartet New Generation(www.quartetnewgeneration.de/en), and the equally young vocal quintet Calmus Ensemble Leipzig(www.calmus.de). QNG was founded in 1998 at the Amsterdam Conservatory and Berlin’s University of the Arts, and Calmus is made up of graduates from Leipzig’s renowned St. Thomas Church Choir School. Both ensembles are recent winners of the Concert Artists Guild International Competition, and appear in Milwaukee by arrangement with the Concert Artists Guild.
The concert includes music composed for the coronation of Eugene IV as Pope (1431), the coronation of Karl V as Emperor (1530), and for the funeral of Philip II of Spain (1598), with representative compositions of Josquin des Prez, Guillaume Dufay, Tomas Luis de Victoria, and Carlo Gesualdo, among others.
Just as many of those works were composed on commission, the tradition continues today. By happy coincidence of time and location, Calmus and QNG will perform the world premiere of Paul Moravec’s “Lord, Make Me an Instrument of Your Peace,” specially commissioned for this tour. Moravec (b. 1957) was the 2004 winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Music, and was recently awarded the 2012 Arts and Letters Award in Music by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. The venue for this concert is the local, provincial, and international home of the School Sisters of Saint Francis, and the text of this composition is commonly known as the “Prayer of St. Francis.”
This program, and significant educational residency activities by both ensembles in the West Allis-West Milwaukee School System, is funded in part by the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, along with continuing support from CAMPAC (Milwaukee County) and the Wisconsin Arts Board, with funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.
This Saturday, April 21st performance at the St. Joseph Center Chapel, 1501 South Layton Boulevard (South 27th Street at Greenfield Avenue) begins at 5:00. Premium seating is sold out, but tickets in the preferred and general admission sections may be purchased online at www.earlymusicnow.org or by phone at 414.225.3113. Available ticket prices are adult/senior $25-$40 and student $10-$20.
For further information about this Saturday, April 21st event, visit www.earlymusicnow.org, call 414.225.3113, or email info@earlymusicnow.org.

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