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MEDIA ALERT: The Tallis Scholars make their 26th annual appearance with BEMF on Friday, December 12, 2014

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

WHEN: Friday, December 12, 2014 at 8pm
St. Paul Church, Bow & Arrow Streets, Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA
PROGRAM:  Gaudeamus! Music of Byrd, Josquin, and Turges
William Byrd: Vigilate
Josquin des Prez: Missa Gaudeamus
Byrd: Laetentur caeli
Byrd: “Lullaby”
Byrd: Ye sacred muses
Byrd: Ne irascaris Domine
Edmund Turges: Magnificat
TICKETS: Tickets are priced at $19, $38, $49, and $66 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 of 10% are available with the purchase of three or more programs on the 2014–2015 Concert Season.

Peter Phillips and the legendary voices of The Tallis Scholars return to Boston with a sublime holiday program featuring some of the most breathtaking and virtuosic vocal music of the early Renaissance. Celebrate the season with this evening of soaring beauty and incomparable harmonies, from the festive exuberance of Josquin’s Missa Guadeamus, to a selection of miniature masterpieces by Byrd, including his famous “Lullaby”, and concluding with an astonishing Magnificat by Turges found in the Eton Choirbook.

“Our program includes some of the greatest–and most difficult–music written in the late 15th and 16th centuries,” notes director Peter Phillips. “Like the fan vaulting in King's College Chapel, the decoration in this music could go no further. It is the spectacular culmination of an era.”

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 and travelling sufficient air-miles to circumnavigate the globe four times. 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 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 1600 concerts and made over 50 discs, encouraging interest in polyphony all over the world. Apart from The Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips continues to work with other specialist ensembles including Collegium Vocale of Ghent, the VoxVocal Ensemble of New York, and Musix of Budapest. 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. Peter also works extensively with the BBC Singers with whom he gave a Promenade concert, in collaboration with The Tallis Scholars, from the Royal Albert Hall in July 2007, which was broadcast live and attended by over five thousand people.

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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 2014–2015 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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