December 6, 2019

The Boston Shawm and Sackbut Ensemble Bring the Music of Venice

The Boston Shawm and Sackbut Ensemble and Schola Cantorum of Gettysburg will join forces to present some of the most glorious choral music ever written. The concert will first take place on Saturday, April 27 at 6:30 PM at Union Lutheran Church, 408 W Market St, York, and then be repeated at 4:00 PM at the United Lutheran Seminary Chapel, 147 Seminary Ridge, Gettysburg. The concerts,featuring music of the 17th and 18th century from Venice,played with period instruments, are free and open to all.


Often described as the nation’s premiere Renaissance band, the Boston Shawm and Sackbut Ensemble has given concerts all over the United States, as well as in Germany. Its members have all worked closely with leading early music ensembles, including the Gabrieli Players, Taverner Players, Piffaro, Boston Camerata, Waverly Consort, Apollo's Fire, and Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra.  The Boston Shawm and Sackbut Ensemble can be heard on several recordings with the Boston Camerata on the Erato label, and various combinations of its players have made significant contributions to recordings by the Taverner Players, Gabrieli Players, and Ensemble for Early Music.


Since its founding in 1986, the Schola Cantorum of Gettysburg has been singing a variety of music to considerable acclaim. It was established to perform sacred choral works from the 18th century and before in the context of worship services, and it continues that mission with its annual services of Evening Prayer. But it has also presented concerts of other music, from J. S. Bach’s masses and cantatas to Orff’s Carmina Burana to the hymn arrangements of its founder, Stephen P. Folkemer. It has been performing regularly with the Boston Shawm and Sackbut Ensemble since its foundation.


In the 18th century the choral music of Venice was the marvel of Europe. Taking advantage of the size and sonority of the Cathedral of St.Mark’s, Andrea and Giovanni Gabrieli and their students composed choral music of amazing musical and emotional depth. The concert will include pieces from festivals across the church year, as well as music intended for use during masses and prayer services. The instruments will include not only the familiar recorders, but the seldom-heard ancestors of trumpets, trombones, and other modern instruments.


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