Join us for a celebration of English Renaissance composer William Byrd in the four hundredth year following his death. Journey through Byrd's outstanding corpus with Schola Antiqua, as we survey his musical contributions to the Catholic recusant community, highlighting themes of trial and deliverance. Actor Jeff Parker will also read dramatic texts of Jesuit priest Robert Southwell, whom Byrd met in 1586. The program further includes some of the most prized music for keyboard known to that point, composed by Byrd. Guest harpsichordist Jason Moy (DePaul University), a specialist in Renaissance and Baroque keyboard music, joins Schola Antiqua to present this splendid music. Composer Nicolas Chuaqui also will contribute a commissioned work for the quatercentenary.
This concert is sponsored by the Lumen Christi Institute of Chicago, the University of Chicago Divinity School, and a grant from the Illinois Arts Council. Nicolas Chuaqui's commission is supported in part by a grant from the Saints, volunteers for the performing arts.