We look to the past to understand the present. While plagues, political and religious unrest, devastation, and loss are part of today’s world, they are echoes of our past. This concert featuring English Renaissance composers Thomas Tallis, William Byrd, Robert White, John Sheppard, and Franco-Flemish composer Nicolas Gombert explores the gamut of human expression during times of uncertainty and hopelessness: a musical reflection of the world today and an offering of hope for tomorrow. More information.
THE HOLLY AND THE IVY
A festive Christmas program of traditional carol arrangements by John Rutter, David Willcocks, and Ralph Vaughan Williams; featuring organist Christopher Stroh. Accompanying the carols is a reading of Dylan Thomas's A Child's Christmas in Wales, narrated by Lin Wilson. A family-friendly event, join us this holiday season for an evening of carols and storytelling. More information.
LESSONS AND CAROLS
The Byrd Ensemble and Allegra from the Seattle Girls Choir under the direction of Sarra Sharif Doyle present Lessons and Carols, a performance based on A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols. popularized by the King's College Chapel since 1918. The program consists of nine readings, each followed by a traditional carol performed by the choir and another sung by the audience. More information.
For the first time in three years, we are happy to announce our 2022-2023 concert season.
We understand that not everyone is not ready to return to the concert hall. For this reason, we are offering virtual concert tickets. If you purchase a virtual concert ticket, you will receive access to the concert video about two weeks after the performance, and will be available to watch for two weeks from release date.
Getting audiences back into the habit of concertgoing will not be easy.
But we at the Byrd Ensemble believe in our performances and we hope you will share with your friends the magic of in-person concerts by bringing them with you. We cannot think of a better way to spend one's time and attention.
Thank you for your support.
- Markdavin Obenza
IN THE MIDST OF LIFE
The centerpiece of the program is English Renaissance composer John Sheppard’s Media vita (In the midst of life), written during London’s most deadly influenza epidemic, which likely took the life of Sheppard himself. Accompanying this 20-minute masterpiece are music by Arvo Pärt, Eric Whitacre’s setting of When David Heard, and John Tavener’s Song for Athene. More information.
This project was supported, in part, by 4Culture/King County Lodging Tax
This program is supported, in part, by a grant from the Washington State Arts Commission.
PRINCE OF MUSIC: PALESTRINA
Featuring Italian Renaissance composer Palestrina’s famous Missa Papae Marcelli, music by Orlando Lassus, and Spanish composer Tomás Luis de Victoria. More Information.