PERFORMANCE

Orpheus Britannicus
Music of Henry Purcell

National Presbyterian Church
Sunday, October 30, 2022 at 4 p.m.

National Presbyterian Church
Washington, DC

Henry Purcell
Hail! Bright Cecilia (Ode on St. Cecilia’s Day 1692), Z. 328
My heart is inditing, Z. 30
Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem, Z. 46
O sing unto the Lord, Z. 44

Soloists:

Amy Broadbent

Amy Broadbent
soprano

Clifton Massey

Clifton Massey
countertenor

Matthew Loyal Smith

Matthew Loyal Smith
tenor

Jonathon Adams

Jonathon Adams
bass

Jason Widney

Jason Widney
bass

MORE ABOUT THE PERFORMANCE
By the age of 21, Henry Purcell (1659–1695) held the three most coveted musical positions in England. Widely praised after his death as Britain’s Orpheus, Purcell’s Hail! Bright Cecilia, delivers English Baroque style at its most powerfully expressive and eloquent. Purcell was the ultimate dramatist of his day and undeniably the most skilled Baroque composer to set the English language to music. In addition to his well-remembered Ode, we present celebrated sacred works for the English Chapel Royal and grand anthems for occasions of state.

Amy Broadbent, soprano; Clifton Massey, countertenor; Matthew Loyal Smith, tenor; Jonathon Adams, bass; Jason Widney, bass

Sally Wells and Dorothy B. Wexler, underwriter

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