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MEDIA ALERT: BEMF presents the legendary singers of The Tallis Scholars in festive music by Sheppard, Tallis, and Pärt on Saturday, December 12

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ARTIST: The Tallis Scholars (United Kingdom)
Peter Phillips, director

Amy Haworth, Emily Atkinson, Molly Alexander, & Amanda Morrison, soprano;
Caroline Trevor & Patrick Craig, alto; Christopher Watson & Guy Cutting, tenor;
Tim Scott Whiteley & Simon Whiteley, bass
WHEN: Saturday, December 12, 2015 at 8pm
St. Paul Church, Bow & Arrow Streets, Cambridge, MA
PROGRAM:  A Boy is Born—Festive Music of John Sheppard, Thomas Tallis, and Arvo Pärt
Pärt: Seven Antiphons
Pärt: Magnificat
Sheppard: Sacris solemniis
Tallis: Missa Puer natus est
Sheppard: Gaude, gaude, gaude
Pärt: I am the true vine
TICKETS: Tickets are priced at $25, $45, $55, and $75 each, and can be purchased at WWW.BEMF.ORG and 617-661-1812; a $5 discount for students, seniors, and groups is offered by calling 617-661-1812. Subscription discounts are available with the purchase of three or more programs on the 2015–2016 Season.

For over four decades, the legendary singers of The Tallis Scholars and director Peter Phillips have earned worldwide acclaim for performances of unparalleled purity that beautifully illuminate Renaissance polyphony. They return this holiday season for their 27th consecutive year and 40th performance with BEMF in a glorious program featuring Tudor motets by John Sheppard and sublime works of Arvo Pärt. The magnificent centerpiece is the monumental seven-part Christmas mass of the ensemble’s namesake, Thomas Tallis. Based on the festive plainchant “Puer natus est” (A boy is born), the mass is a breathtaking work of unsurpassed beauty. There will be a free pre-concert talk at 7pm featuring director Peter Phillips and Edward Elwyn Jones, Gund University Organist and Choirmaster, Harvard University.

The Tallis Scholars
were founded in 1973 by their director, Peter Phillips. Through numerous recordings and concert performances, they have established themselves as the leading exponents of Renaissance sacred music throughout the world. Peter Phillips has worked with the ensemble to create, through excellent tuning and blend, the purity and clarity of sound which he feels best serve the Renaissance repertoire, allowing every detail of the musical lines to be heard. It is the resulting beauty of sound for which The Tallis Scholars have become so widely renowned. The Tallis Scholars perform in both sacred and secular venues, giving around 70 concerts each year across the globe. In 2013 the group celebrated their 40th anniversary with a World Tour performing 99 events in 80 venues in 16 countries. Recordings by The Tallis Scholars have attracted many awards throughout the world, with recent honors including their recording of Josquin's Missa De beata virgine and Missa Ave maris stella which received a Diapason d’Or de l’Année in November, 2012, and in their 40th anniversary year being welcomed into the Gramophone Hall of Fame by public vote.

Peter Phillips
has made an impressive if unusual reputation for himself in dedicating his life’s work to the research and performance of Renaissance polyphony. He founded The Tallis Scholars in 1973, with whom he has now appeared in over 2000 concerts and made over 60 discs, encouraging interest in polyphony all over the world. Apart from The Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips continues to work with other specialist ensembles including the BBC Singers, Collegium Vocale of Ghent, and the Netherlands Chamber Choir. He has made numerous television and radio appearances, on BBC Radio 4 and the World Service as well as on German, French, Canadian and North American radio.

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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 one GRAMMY Award-winning and three GRAMMY Award-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 19th Boston Early Music Festival will take place from June 11–18, 2017, and will feature fully staged performances of André Campra’s Le Carnaval de Venise as the Centerpiece Opera. BEMF’s Artistic Leadership includes Artistic Directors Paul O’Dette and Stephen Stubbs, Opera Director Gilbert Blin, and Orchestra Director Robert Mealy.

The 2015–2016 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, and The Gregory E. Bulger Foundation.

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