About the Spring Season

Following the success of the Bach Interactions digital concert series, the Bach Consort ushers in Spring 2021 with three live performances broadcast directly to you. The Consort is pleased to present these concerts from three iconic Washington churches: St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Saint Sophia’s Greek Orthodox Cathedral, and the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America.

Polyphonic Splendors of the Iberian Renaissance

Polyphonic Splendors of the Iberian Renaissance

Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 8 p.m. on YouTube
Michael McCarthy, Guest Conductor
Recorded at Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral

Cristóbal de Morales (c.1500–553)
Vicente Lusitano (d. after 1561)
Francisco Guerrero (1528–1599)
Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548–1611)


Michael McCarthy
Guest Conductor

More heavenly than earthly, the polyphonic vocal works of sixteenth-century Spain and Portugal offer a uniquely beautiful landscape of musical color and contrapuntal flair. Works by four great composers will be featured, particularly Vicente Lusitano (d. after 1561), who was of Portuguese and African descent. Lusitano penned a very important treatise on music theory, Introdutione facilissima et novissima de canto fermo (Rome, 1553), and composed numerous, elegant motets for the church, printed in his Liber primus epigramatum (Rome, 1551). In this program, Lusitano takes his rightful place among the greatest polyphonic masters of the Iberian Renaissance.

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Katelyn AungstSara MacKimmie, Margot Rood & Laura Choi Stuart, sopranos; Sarah Davis Issaelkhoury & Kristen Dubenion-Smith, altos; David Evans, Patrick Kilbride, Matthew Loyal Smith Jacob Perry, Jr., tenors; Edmund Milly & Jason Widney, basses

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