Medieval polyphony rocks!

The Nyack waterfront, looking north to Hook Mountain.

The Nyack waterfront, looking north to Hook Mountain.

Anonymous 4 unveiled their latest concert program, Secret Voices: Music from Las Huelgas, c. 1300,  in Nyack last night, wowing a packed GraceMusic audience.

Grace Episcopal Church, Nyack, NY

Grace Episcopal Church, Nyack, NY

It’s a lovely collection of polyphony from a Cistercian convent near Burgos, in north-central Spain, programmed around the structure of a liturgical day —in particular a day honoring the Blessed Virgin Mary.  Over the course of about 75 minutes, the audience was carried through the day from First Light, moving into Morning and so forth, ending with Night.

The four women of Anonymous 4 — Ruth Cunningham, Marsha Genensky, Susan Hellauer and Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek — blended their voices beautifully, as always, as they sang motets and liturgical elements in various configurations, sometimes letting just two voice do all the work. Their un-amplified sound filed the rustic Gothic nave.

Apologies for the lack of concert photos, but the artists requested that now photographs be taken.

Thank you to everyone who attended. This concert was a benefit performance for Grace Church, which has housed GraceMusic for 40 years. This was the first show in the GraceMusic season. Upcoming programs include:

40th Annual Messiah Sing – 4:00 p.m. – December 6, 2009
Rockland’s only Messiah Sing! We provide the soloists, you sing the choruses! A holiday tradition.
Only $10 – children free

Steppes Song – 4:00p.m. – January 17, 2010
NYC-based, Rockland-dwelling chamber music stars Katherine Fink, Laura McGinnis, and Christopher Oldfather perform music by Russian composers Prokofiev, Cesar Cui, and others.
Admission: $15; Seniors $10, Students $5

ETA3 – 4:00p.m. – February 28, 2010
Juilliard-trained chamber trio (debuted at Alice Tully Hall) plays Debussy, Bartok, and more. Artistically perfect and totally enjoyable”
Click here for artist’s website
Admission: $15; Seniors $10, Students $5

Happy Birthday Johann – 4:00p.m. – April 25, 2010
Cantatas and concerti performed by the Grace Church Choir and Orchestra conducted by Robert Barrows to celebrate Bach’s 325th, including greetings from Dietrich Buxtehude and Antonio Vivaldi.
Admission: $15; Seniors $10, Students $5

All concerts at Grace Episcopal Church, 130 First Avenue, Nyack, NY
Free Childcare available! Meet the Artists receptions follow each concert except Messiah Sing.


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