Lumen Christi Institute
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British organist and Renaissance music historian Naomi Gregory leads the women of Schola Antiqua in a wide-ranging program of music from medieval and early modern convents. “Music in Secret” offers some of the earliest known polyphony associated with nuns from the anonymous 1543 collection of printed partbooks Musica quinque vocum. In addition to plainchant sung from a recently unveiled source at the Art Institute of Chicago, Schola Antiqua’s program will include the music of Sulpitia Cesis, a nun from the northern Italian city of Modena. Gregory will also perform keyboard works linked to Italian convents. Guest viola da gamba player Cora Swenson Lee will provide accompaniment with Gregory. The program is generously sponsored by the Lumen Christi Institute.
Schola Antiqua will perform the same concert on Saturday, October 21 at St. Clement Parish in Chicago.
Schola Antiqua of Chicago, Artist-in-Residence at the Lumen Christi Institute since 2008, is a professional vocal ensemble dedicated to western liturgical chant and polyphonic music before the year 1600. The ensemble is the 2012 winner of the Noah Greenberg Award, given by the American Musicological Society for outstanding contributions to historical performing practice.