Choral Vespers with British Vocal Ensemble Magnificat
The acclaimed British vocal ensemble Magnificat joins the Chapel's Vespers Ensemble to lead the music in this worship service of Choral Vespers, which features William Byrd's double-choir "Great Service," alongside music by Orlando Gibbons, Robert Parsons and Thomas Tomkins.
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The service is part Magnificat's stay at Duke as an ensemble-in-residence March 13-20. In addition to this concert, their public performances include a concert on Wednesday, March 16, at Duke Chapel and another concert March 18 at Baldwin Auditorium. They will also offer workshops. Learn more at https://chapel.duke.edu/magnificat.
For over thirty years, Magnificat has toured internationally presenting historically-informed performances of Renaissance and Baroque choral masterpieces with passion and expressivity. Their recordings with Linn Records have been described as having "startling clarity" and "almost overpowering richness." Their 2016 album Scattered Ashes was a finalist in the Gramophone Magazine Awards.
Magnificat is directed by Dr. Philip Cave, the associate conductor for Chapel Music at Duke Chapel and the group's founder. As a soloist, Dr. Cave has performed under celebrated conductors including Leonard Bernstein and Sir Roger Norrington, at venues including the Beethovenhalle in Bonn and the Sydney Opera House. He was a joint recipient of the American Musicological Society's Greenberg Award; he has received the Byrne Award by the London Handel Society and is an Honorary Fellow of London's Academy of St Cecilia.
Duke Chapel is presenting Magnificat's concerts and related programs with these campus co-sponsors: Duke Arts, Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts, and the Department of Music's Rare Music Series.