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Special Events

Candlelight Musical Meditation
Friday, March 25, 2016 at 8:30 pm
Immanuel Lutheran Church
122 East 88th Street at Lexington Avenue

FREE ADMISSION - No tickets or reservations required.

On Good Friday, March 25, the Immanuel Choir and ARTEK will perform a Candlelight Musical Meditation at 8:30 pm, immediately following the 7 pm service. The choir will perform settings of Psalm 51, Miserere Mei, Deus, and closely related works. The two most famous settings, which will open and close the concert, are the Miserere of Josquin Desprez and the Miserere of Gregorio Allegri. Josquin, the master of Renaissance polyphony, wrote the Miserere in 1503 in Ferrara, Italy. Scholars believe that the piece was inspired by the death of the reformer Girolamo Savonarola in Florence in 1498; just before his death Savonarola wrote an impassioned meditation on sin and repentance entitled Infelix Ego containing as a refrain the initial words from Psalm 51, "Miserere mei, Deus". Josquin's patron, the Duke of Ferrara, who was a supporter of Savonarola, commissioned Josquin to write the Miserere as a musical testament to Savonarola. The choir will also sing a setting of the actual Infelix Ego text by Orlando Lassus, and a Miserere setting by William Byrd, as well as a 20th-century setting by the modern Polish composer Grzegorz Miskiewicz, born in 1969. ARTEK will also perform an instrumental version of a rarely heard Misereris Omnium Domine setting by the Italian theorist and composer Gioseffo Zarlino. Lastly, the choir will perform the famous MiserereZ by Gregorio Allegri. The version we know today of this well-known piece, which was performed every year in the Sistine Chapel on Wednesday and Friday of Holy Week since the 16th century, is something of a compilation of various versions by Allegri, Bai, and also other music directors of the Sistine Chapel in the 18th and 19th centuries. The music was kept kept a mystery by the Vatican; copies and outside performances were forbidden on pain of excommunication. Mozart is said to have heard the Miserere as a teenager visiting Rome and wrote it down later by heart. The work was originally simpler in format, but was highly ornamented by the chapel singers; some glimpses of this improvised ornamentation remain in the modern-day setting, highlighting the glorious vocal art of the early baroque.

Music From The City of Bernini in Princeton
Sunday, September 13, 2015 at 4 pm
Miller Chapel
Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, NJ

Benefit Concerts in Private homes
New York City & Princeton

Special Showcase Concert
ARTEK and The Rose Ensemble (St. Paul, MN)
January 17, 2016 at 7 pm
Immanuel Lutheran Church, New York City

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