New Southeast Choral Group Performing Premier Concert

The Department of Music at Southeast Missouri State University will present a debut concert of Cantus Choralis, a new chamber choir, at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 28, in Old St. Vincent’s Church. 

This concert will feature sacred choral music, secular songs and instrumental dances from the English Renaissance.

Cantus Choralis will perform two works by William Byrd — his “Mass for Three Voices” and his “Third Service.” The Mass represents the traditional and highly polyphonic style of Renaissance choral writing, while his “Third Service” appears in a new and more homophonic style as influenced by Reformation ideals. Byrd, a Catholic, was a member of the Anglican Queen Elizabeth’s musical entourage. The music on this program represents his public sacred music, written for the Protestant Court, as well as his private sacred music, which was often performed in secret meetings of English Catholics.

Elizabethan lute songs will be interlaced between movements of Byrd’s “Mass.” These songs will be performed by guest artist, soprano Jessica Heuser from Washington University in St. Louis, and lutenist Jeffrey Noonan of the Southeast music faculty.  The Southeast Guitar Ensemble, performing on lutes and baroque guitar, will add some Renaissance dances by Thomas Tomkins to the program.

Tickets are available by calling (573) 651-2265 or at the Performing Arts Box Office in the lobby of the Rose Theatre. Tickets are $7 for the general public, $6 for faculty, staff and senior citizens, and $5 for students. Get your tickets in advance, as all seats will be $7 at the door.