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- GRAMOPHONE

"[The Byrd Ensemble] exploit a brighter part of the color palette, enabling perfect intonation and balance."

OREGON ARTS WATCH

NEXT CONCERT

APR
15

Featuring Palestrina’s famous Missa Papae Marcelli, and music by Tomás Luis de Victoria, and Orlando Lassus. More information.

SATURDAY, APRIL 15, 2023

7:30 PM Performance

Holy Rosary Church - Seattle, WA

SUNDAY, APRIL 16, 2023

1 PM - Masterclass

3 PM - Concert

Kilworth Memorial Chapel

Tacoma, WA

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SATURDAY, APRIL 22, 2023

Virtual Concert Video

Available 4/22 - 5/6

NEW CD RECORDING PROJECT 

PENITENCE & LAMENTATION

OCT
27

For the first time in 6 years, we are excited to have completed recording our seventh album, Penitence & Lamentation. This musical reflection of grief and loss will be released October 2023 on Scribe Records in honor of William Byrd's 400th Anniversary of his death. Read more.

TALLIS In jejunio et fletu

BYRD Domine secundum actum meum

TALLIS Absterge Domine

CRECQUILLON Pater peccavi

GOMBERT Lugebat David Absalon

RAMSEY How are the mighty fallen

BYRD Emendemus in melius

BYRD Ye sacred muses

CARVER O bone jesu a19

MUHLY New commission

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Broadcasts

Broadcasts

BIG BYRD: Music by William Byrd
59:12
Byrd Ensemble

BIG BYRD: Music by William Byrd

This special program features our namesake, English Renaissance composer William Byrd. One of the greatest composers of the Renaissance, Byrd wrote an array of sacred and secular compositions for both public and private consumption. As a devout Catholic, Byrd had the challenge of composing for the Protestant church. Perhaps it was this inner conflict that allowed him to produce some of the most beautiful compositions of Renaissance vocal music ever written. Support us by making a donation: https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=SNFN2RJUY8QFL 00:00 Introduction 01:38 BYRD Magnificat 12:15 BYRD Nunc dimittis 17:55 About William Byrd 20:30 BYRD Quomodo cantabimus 29:11 BYRD Ne irascaris, Domine 37:08 A Catholic Byrd 40:55 BYRD Ave verum corpus 44:56 Byrd's later life 47:09 BYRD Ad Dominum cum tribularer 57:51 Thank you and Credits A BIG thank you to those who have supported this program! Your contributions help offset lost ticket revenue and encourage us to produce more musical broadcasts while we cannot perform for you in person. PROGRAM: Music by William Byrd (1540-1623) Magnificat & Nunc dimittis Quomodo cantabimus Ne irascaris, Domine Ave verum corpus Ad Dominum cum tribularer SINGERS Soprano: Ruth Schauble, Margaret Obenza Alto: Danielle Reuter-Harrah, Sarra Sharif Doyle, Joshua Haberman, Willimark Obenza Tenor: Orrin Doyle, Carson Lott Bass: Kevin Wyatt-Stone, Clayton Moser DIRECTED AND PRODUCED BY Markdavin Obenza, Scribe Records PROGRAMMING Markdavin Obenza Margaret Obenza VIDEOGRAPHERS Willimark Obenza, Willi Pixel Lauren Kastanas Markdavin Obenza Recorded at St. James Cathedral, Seattle. October 2021 This program is supported, in part, by a grant from the Washington State Arts Commission. This project was supported, in part, by 4Culture/King County Lodging Tax.
NEW WORLD POLYPHONY: Treasures from the Cathedral of Mexico City
43:56
Byrd Ensemble

NEW WORLD POLYPHONY: Treasures from the Cathedral of Mexico City

Byrd Ensemble presents a program of sacred music from the Two Mexico City Choirbooks of 1717. We will perform music by composers Antonio Rodríguez Mata, Antonio de Salazar, and Manuel de Sumaya, alongside music by old world icons that had an unmistakable influence on the Mexican polyphonic style—Tomás Luis de Victoria, Alonso Lobo, and G.P. da Palestrina. Program Translations: https://d999fd7f-7e26-4f91-8977-4ceadb42648d.filesusr.com/ugd/7885b1_05b584b8f7834269aa59b76cacd6597a.pdf *Singers in this video recorded their audio and video separately. Their footage and was combined in post production so they appear on the same stage. We hope you can support the broadcast by either purchasing a virtual ticket or making a donation. Thank you for your support. Buy a virtual ticket: https://www.byrdensemble.com/newworldpolyphony Make a donation: https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=SNFN2RJUY8QFL PROGRAM 04:18 PALESTRINA: Sicut lilium inter spinas 11:58 VICTORIA: Ave Regina caelorum 16:56 LOBO: Versa est in luctum 21:47 MATA: Lamentations 30:30 SUMAYA: Adjuva nos Deus 34:19 SALAZAR: O sacrum convivium a8 ENCORE: 37:45 HARRIS: Faire is the heaven *** BYRD ENSEMBLE, directed by Markdavin Obenza SOPRANO Margaret Obenza Danielle Reutter-Harrah Ruth Schauble ALTO Sarra Sharif Joshua Haberman Willimark Obenza TENOR Orrin Doyle Sam Faustine BASS David Hoffman Jared White DIRECTED AND PRODUCED BY Markdavin Obenza, Scribe Records PROGRAMMING Margaret Obenza Markdavin Obenza VIDEOGRAPHERS Julia Baker Lauren Kastanas Markdavin Obenza Margaret Obenza Recorded at Trinity Parish Church, Seattle. January 2021 This program is supported, in part, by a grant from the Washington State Arts Commission. This project was supported, in part, by 4Culture/King County Lodging Tax.
Portuguese Polyphony: Magalhães, Cardoso, and Duarte Lobo
50:21
Byrd Ensemble

Portuguese Polyphony: Magalhães, Cardoso, and Duarte Lobo

PORTUGUESE POLYPHONY Premieres FRI SEPT 10 at 7:00 p.m. PST By the 17th century, the transition to the Baroque style was well underway. Portuguese Renaissance composers, however, were not quick to change with the times. Rather than adopting Baroque writing techniques, they kept developing the Renaissance style and incorporated new harmonic flavors from the emerging Baroque movement, yielding some of the most exotic sounding Renaissance motets of the era. This program features Duarte Lôbo, Filipe de Magalhães, and Manuel Cardoso. Join us online for this program of music from the golden age of Portuguese polyphony, recorded and filmed at St. James Cathedral. 0:00 Introduction 04:45 MAGALHÃES: O Rex gloriae 07:15 MAGALHÃES: Missa O Soberana luz 26:48 CARDOSO: Sitivit anima mea 30:51 CARDOSO: Lamentatio 38:39 LOBO: Audivi vocem 41:16 LOBO: Magnificat secundi toni A BIG thank you to those who have supported this program! Your contributions help offset lost ticket revenue and encourage us to produce more musical broadcasts while we cannot perform for you in person. You can still support the broadcast by making a donation: https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=SNFN2RJUY8QFL Program Notes and Text and Translations https://d999fd7f-7e26-4f91-8977-4ceadb42648d.filesusr.com/ugd/7885b1_55ff011792224024b72b578e1a5d1e80.pdf *** BYRD ENSEMBLE, directed by Markdavin Obenza SOPRANO Ruth Schauble Margaret Obenza Christina Siemens Jane Long ALTO Sarra Sharif-Doyle Joshua Haberman Willimark Obenza Erin Calata TENOR Orrin Doyle Sam Faustine Jacob Buys Tim Blok BASS Kevin Wyatt-Stone Doug Fullington Ben Merrill DIRECTED AND PRODUCED BY Markdavin Obenza, Scribe Records PROGRAMMING Markdavin Obenza Doug Fullington VIDEOGRAPHERS Willimark Obenza, Willi Pixel Lauren Kastanas Markdavin Obenza Recorded at St. James Cathedral, Seattle. August 2021 This program is supported, in part, by a grant from the Washington State Arts Commission. This project was supported, in part, by 4Culture/King County Lodging Tax.
ARVO PÄRT: Sunset at Joshua Tree
01:09:46
Byrd Ensemble

ARVO PÄRT: Sunset at Joshua Tree

Listen in place, with the commitment of your attention to music by Estonian composer Arvo Pärt, over a sunset at Joshua Tree National Park. Support us by making a donation. Your contributions help us perform and record Renaissance and vocal chamber music. https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=SNFN2RJUY8QFL "Arvo Pärt" (2013) Available on Scribe Records https://www.scribemusic.com/arvo-prt 1. Seven Magnificat Antiphons: O Weisheit 2. Seven Magnificat Antiphons: O Adonai 3. Seven Magnificat Antiphons: O Sproß aus Isais Wurzel 4. Seven Magnificat Antiphons: O Sclüssel Davids 5. Seven Magnificat Antiphons: O Morgenstern 6. Seven Magnificat Antiphons: O König aller Völker 7. Seven Magnificat Antiphons: O Immanuel 8. I Am the True Vine 9. The Woman with the Alabaster Box 10. Tribute to Caesar 11. Berlin Mass: Kyrie 12. Berlin Mass: Gloria 13. Berlin Mass: Erster Alleluiavers zum Weihnachtsfest 14. Berlin Mass: Zweiter Alleluiavers zum Weihnachtsfest 15. Berlin Mass: Erster Alleluiavers zum Pfingstfest 16. Berlin Mass: Zweiter Alleluiavers zum Pfingstfest 17. Berlin Mass: Veni Sancte Spiritus 18. Berlin Mass: Credo 19. Berlin Mass: Sanctus 20. Berlin Mass: Agnus Dei 21. Magnificat Listen to the album: Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/7vWbENl0aphBlL0ov1soYp?si=U7LRNaJCTmyDzRTxXnPmqA iTunes: https://music.apple.com/us/album/arvo-p%C3%A4rt/735708382 --- The Byrd Ensemble Markdavin Obenza, director Produced by Markdavin Obenza and Joshua Haberman for Scribe Records Soprano: Maria Mannisto, Margaret Obenza, Christina Siemens, Linda Strandberg Alto: Joshua Haberman, Sarra Sharif Doyle Tenor: Orrin Doyle, Markdavin Obenza Bass: Gustave Blazek, Willimark Obenza, Omaldo Perez, Jonathan Silvia, Thomas Segen Organist: Sheila Bristow Recorded in 2013 at Church of the Redeemer, Kenmore, WA Footage from Joshua Tree National Park, November 22, 2020.
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