Songs of the Soul: Sensual and Spiritual Renaissance Voices

Saint James Place
Great Barrington, MA
Event date: 
16 Mar 2018
Start Time: 
6 pm
Conductor / Keynote Speaker: 
Christine Gevert

The Crescendo Vocal Ensemble will perform Renaissance and Baroque works including Josquin des Prez's Mass L'Homme Armé and Leonhard Lechter's musical setting of The Song of Solomon. Dramatic recitation will emphasize the text. Christine Gevert will direct from the organ, lutenist/guitarist Hideki Yamaya will play a form of lute called theorbo, and dancers Ellen Gorman, Andrea Blacklow, along with members of their company Moving Arts Exchange, will perform original choreography synchronized with the music. Concerts to be performed at Saint James Place, 352 Main St., Great Barrington on March 16 at 6 pm, and at Trinity Church Lakeville, 484 Lime Rock Rd., Lakeville CT on March 18 at 4 pm. $60 premium/$35 general/$10 under 18. Info and tickets at

Leonhard Lechner, a student of Orlando di Lasso, became known in Germany for his ability to translate the Italianate techniques of the late Renaissance and early Baroque into the German language. He set the first two chapters of the highly sensual text of the Song of Solomon to music. Dramatic recitation will emphasize this text.
In contrast, Josquin’s Mass L’Homme Armé (about 100 years earlier) is considered a monument of early Renaissance counterpoint. Based on a popular French secular song, “The Armed Man,” its complexity does not obscure its beauty and meditative character.
The Crescendo Vocal Ensemble with Artistic Director Christine Gevert leading from the organ, and lutenist/guitarist Hideki Yamaya playing theorbo.  
Dancers Ellen Gorman and Andrea Blacklow, with members of their company Moving Arts Exchange, will perform a modern original choreography, synchronized with the music.

Leonhard Lechner (1553-1606) - Das Hohelied Salomonis (The Song of Solomon)
Josquin des Prez  (c.1440/55-1521) - Missa L'Homme Ar
meé Sexti Toni (Mass “The Armed Man”)

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