Music from the Sistine Chapel
Thursday, April 27 at 8:00 pm
7:00 pm – lecture by Dr. Raymond Erickson
David Shuler, Music Director
The Church of St. Luke in the Fields
487 Hudson Street
Built between 1475 and 1483, during the reign of Pope Sixtus IV, the Sistine Chapel is famous above all for its magnificent decorations, in particular the ceiling frescoes by Michelangelo. But just as magnificent was the music composed for and sung by the Papal Choir. Gregorio Allegri gained renown primarily from a single work, the Miserere, and the famous abbellimenti, reserved for use at the Sistine Chapel. We will present the Miserere in a new version, researched by Ben Byram-Wigfield, demonstrating how the piece has evolved over the centuries into the version audiences know and love today. Along with motets by Allegri, the concert will include Palestrina’s double-choir Missa Laudate Dominumand motets by Felice Anerio, who preceded Palestrina as Papal composer.
$35 general admission, $25 students and seniors