Early 17th Century German Music for Voices and Organ

September 27, 2013

CANONICI: Consort of Voices perform Friday, Oct. 25

TACOMA, Wash. – Rarely performed German sacred music by four composers who helped lay the musical foundations of their time—before the rise of Johann Sebastian Bach—will be featured in the next Jacobsen Series concert.

Early 17th Century German Music for Voices and Organ will be performed by Tacoma’s CANONICI: Consort of Voices and guest vocal artists, with Joseph Adam on organ. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m., on Friday, Oct. 25, in Kilworth Memorial Chapel. Ticket information is below.

The vocal performers include Anne Lyman, artistic director of CANONICI and alto; Rebekah Gilmore, soprano; Puget Sound music alumnus Joshua Haberman ’04, countertenor; Gary Cannon, tenor; and Thomas Thompson, bass. The evening will include works by Johann Wilhelm Hässler, Michael Praetorius, Johann Schein, and Heinrich Schütz.

“This concert highlights the music of this period in an authentic, intimate manner,” Lyman said.  “German sacred music from this period is sensitive and austere, harmonically adventurous, and poetic.”

Bach’s music—and that of some of his late-Baroque peers—is well known and includes some of the most performed pieces in the world. However, the compositions of his predecessors, including Hässler, Praetorius, Schein, and Schütz, are played far less frequently. The evening will include 13 pieces that demonstrate these composers’ skills and artistry at its best.

CANONICI: Consort of Voices is a professional early music ensemble founded in 2010 by Anne Lyman. The vocalists perform music from the medieval and Renaissance eras, focusing primarily on music composed from 1350 to 1550. CANONICI explores and illuminates these works by performing one part per singer at a high professional level.

Rosemary Ponnekanti, music critic for The News Tribune, wrote that the group “has been gaining an audience for its pure sound and intelligent musicality in Tacoma, Seattle, and Bremerton.”

Anne Lyman has studied and performed early music throughout the United States and Europe. She founded and directed numerous early music ensembles, including Tempus Imperfectum, Belgium’s first vocal ensemble to read from original notation, and the Early Byrds and Mad Consort of Iowa City.     A former Puget Sound faculty member, Lyman is currently conductor of the Seattle Bach Choir, director of music ministries at Skyline Presbyterian Church in Tacoma, and a music instructor at Tacoma Community College. More about the performers can be learned on this Web page of biographies.

Organist Joseph Adam has performed throughout Europe and the United States. He has won prizes in numerous competitions, including first prize at the 1991 St. Albans International Organ competition in England. His recitals have taken place in venues including the Cathedral of Saint Bavo in Haarlem, Netherlands; St. Augustine Church, Vienna; and Basilica of the National Shrine in Washington, D.C. Adam has been cathedral organist at St. James Cathedral in Seattle since 1993, and performs regular concerts at Kilworth Memorial Chapel.

The Jacobsen Series, named in honor of Leonard Jacobsen, former chair of the piano department at Puget Sound, has been running since 1984. The Jacobsen Series Scholarship Fund awards annual music scholarships to outstanding student performers and scholars. The fund is sustained entirely by season subscribers and ticket sales.

FOR TICKETS order online at tickets.pugetsound.edu or call Wheelock Information Center at 253.879.6013 to purchase with a credit card. Admission is $12.50 for the general public; $8.50 for seniors (55+), students, military, and Puget Sound faculty and staff. The concert is free for current Puget Sound students. Group ticket rates are available for parties of 10 or more by calling 253.879.3555 in advance. Any remaining tickets will be available at the door.

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Photos on page: Top right: CANONICI: Consort of Voices; Above left: Composer Johann Wilhelm Hassler (1747-1842); Above right: Composer Michael Praetorius (1571-1621) 

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