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MEDIA ALERT: 2012 Gramophone Early Music Award winners Ensemble Plus Ultra perform as part of the BEMF Concert Series at The Morgan Library & Museum on Thursday, November 14, 2013

ARTIST: Ensemble Plus Ultra (United Kingdom)

Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 7:30pm
Gilder Lehrman Hall at The Morgan Library & Museum
225 Madison Avenue at 36th Street, New York, NY


Farewell, Fond Youth

Thomas Morley: Sing we and chant it
Thomas Weelkes: Whilst youthful sports are lasting
Weelkes: Some men desire spouses
William Byrd: Kyrie from Mass for four voices
John Dowland: His golden locks
Thomas Tomkins: When David heard
Tomkins: Then David mourned
Byrd: Emendemus in melius
Thomas Ford: Now I see thy looks are feigned
Byrd: Gloria from Mass for four voices
Robert Jones: Farewell, fond youth
John Mundy: My prime of youth
Byrd: Peccantem me quotidie
Byrd: Ye sacred muses
Byrd: How shall a young man
Byrd: Angus Dei from Mass for four voices

TICKETS: Tickets are priced at $35 for Morgan members and $45 for non-members and can be purchased at and 212-685-0008, ext. 560.

Winner of Gramophone Magazine’s 2012 Early Music Award, the singers of Ensemble Plus Ultra have specialized in pristinely gorgeous performances that unearth jewels of the Renaissance, breathing life into masterpieces that have been lost to time. Borrowing its title—Farewell, Fond Youth—from the opening line of one of the songs in Robert Jones’s A Musicall Dreame…, their program draws upon two rich and complementary veins in the repertory of Elizabethan music: secular reveries, on the one hand, and, on the other, English sacred music in an age of religious turmoil. Gorgeous selections by Byrd, Downland, Morely and others explore three aspects of youth: exuberance and folly, adolescent invention, and finally the sadness of youth’s passing and its attendant intimations of mortality.

Founded in 2001, Ensemble Plus Ultra is “a crack squad of the finest British early music singers” (Early Music Today) whose quest is the promotion of historically-aware performances of liturgical marvels from the Renaissance. The ensemble is organized not as a choir, but as a consort of chamber musicians whose innovative performances always display rigorous attention to musical and historical detail. The group benefits from a close association with several noted scholars specializing in Renaissance vocal music, allowing it to call upon the latest musicological research and ensuring its repertoire is always unique and driven by a spirit of discovery, of unveiling musical treasures from the past. In recognition of its unique approach, Ensemble Plus Ultra was awarded the prestigious Gramophone Award for Early Music in 2012 for its ten-disc box set of the music of Tomas Luis de Victoria, recorded for the Deutsche Grammophon Archiv label. Ensemble Plus Ultra has toured widely in Europe and North America. The group has recently given concerts throughout Spain, at festivals in Regensburg, Utrecht, London and Cambridge, and made its US debut in October 2011.

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Recognized as the preeminent early music presenter and Baroque opera producer in North America, the Boston Early Music Festival (BEMF) has been credited with securing Boston’s reputation as “America’s early music capital” (The Boston Globe). Founded in 1981, BEMF offers diverse programs and activities, including three Grammy-nominated opera recordings, an annual concert series that brings early music’s brightest stars to the Boston and New York concert stages, and a biennial week-long Festival and Exhibition recognized as the “world’s leading festival of early music” (The Times, London). The 18th Boston Early Music Festival will take place from June 7–14, 2015, and will be highlighted by Claudio Monteverdi’s trilogy of operas: Orfeo, Il Ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria, and L'Incoronazione di Poppea. BEMF’s Artistic Leadership includes Artistic Directors Paul O’Dette and Stephen Stubbs, Opera Director Gilbert Blin, and Orchestra Director Robert Mealy.

The 2013–2014 Boston Early Music Festival Concert Series is presented with support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, National Endowment for the Arts, ConstellationCenter, WGBH Radio Boston, Harpsichord Clearing House, Zuckermann Harpsichords International, The Gregory E. Bulger Foundation, and U. S. Trust/Bank of America Private Wealth Management.

The Morgan Library & Museum began as the private library of financier Pierpont Morgan, one of the preeminent collectors and cultural benefactors in the United States. Today, more than a century after its founding, The Morgan serves as a museum, independent research library, musical venue, architectural landmark, and historic site. Located at Madison Avenue and 36th Street, with a world-renowned collection that ranges from Rembrandt to Picasso, Mozart to Bob Dylan, Dickens to Hemingway, and Gutenberg Bibles to Babar the elephant, The Morgan Library & Museum maintains a unique position among cultural institutions in New York, the nation, and the world. Gilder Lehrman Hall, designed by renowned architect Renzo Piano, was opened by the Morgan in May 2006, and seats 264 people, providing a uniquely intimate concert venue.

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