HALLOCK at 100
Dates & Tickets
Graphics: Greg Bloch, Camille Watson
2024 marks the centenary of Peter R. Hallock’s birth. These concerts launch a celebration of Peter Hallock and his music. Program includes music spanning the Renaissance to the present day, along with a selection of Hallock’s own compositions, and a song cycle for countertenor. Concerts made possible in part by The Peter R. Hallock Institute, Association of Anglican Musicians, Saint Mark’s Cathedral, Early Music Seattle, and Classical KING.
These concerts will feature The Compline Choir, the Byrd Ensemble, acclaimed countertenor José Luis Muñoz, and a parley of instruments.
1 hour, 29 minutes, includes intermission
30 minutes prior to performance
Costanzo Festa - Lamentations of Jeremiah
Peter Hallock - Lamentations
Erin Aas - What Hand Divine
*Page Smith, violoncello
JOSÉ LUIS MUÑOZ
Nico Muhly - Old Bones for Countertenor & Lute
*Elizabeth C. D. Brown, lute
Michael Nyman - Two Sonnets of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz
John Hillebrandt - Selection of songs
*Andrea Rojas Duroy, piano
John Sheppard - Libera nos I
Peter Hallock - I saw a new heaven
Thomas Tallis - Te lucis ante terminum
Peter Hallock - Draw on sweet night
John Sheppard - Libera nos II
The Compline Choir
Dr. Jason Allen Anderson
José Luis Muñoz, countertenor
Page Smith, violoncello
Elizabeth C. D. Brown, lute
Andrea Rojas Duroy, piano
The Compline Choir
The Compline Choir is a unique community of laypersons with diverse beliefs that seeks to express musically a concern for the nurture and care of the soul—spiritual nourishment. The mission of the Compline Choir has been to perform and record liturgical and religious music for men’s voices for the edification and enjoyment of listeners; to promote and perpetuate ancient, traditional, and contemporary musical forms of worship; and, to minister to the spiritual needs of the community.
Dr. Jason Allen Anderson is equally at home on the stage and in the church as a performer, singer, conductor, organist, liturgist and composer. He hails from Franklin, Indiana and is a graduate of Butler University (B.M. in Music Education), Portland State University (M.M. in Conducting), and the University of Washington (D.M.A. in Choral Conducting). He studied voice with Laurel Goetzinger and Dr. Bruce Browne and conducting with Henry Leck, Dr. Bruce Browne, and Dr. Geoffrey Boers. Dr. Anderson’s dissertation “The Life and Works of Peter R. Hallock” was completed in June 2007. A man of diverse musical interests and talents, Dr. Anderson is currently Associate for Liturgical Arts and Youth Formation and Organist/Choirmaster at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church in Issaquah, Washington. Since July 2009, he has served as Director of The Compline Choir in residence at Saint Mark’s Cathedral in Seattle, Washington.
José Luis Muñoz
José Luis Muñoz has been described as “a fabulous countertenor” with “amazing, powerful expression.” He is often heard premiering and creating new works and principal roles in such works as Bless Me, Ultima (Albuquerque), Juana (San Francisco), Monticello Wakes (Los Angeles), Yoshinaka (Seattle), Kakitsubata (Cologne, Germany), and Magda G for which he was featured in the Los Angeles Times. A versatile performer, Muñoz’ other work includes: Melissa in Caccini’s La Liberazione di Ruggiero dall’Isola d’Alcina, Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem and Missa Brevis K275, Bach’s B Minor Mass and Magnificat, Orff’s Carmina Burana, and Bernstein’s Missa Brevis.
José Luis resides in Seattle, Washington. Along with an Artist Diploma in Early Music Studies from Cornish College of the Arts; he holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in both Vocal and Piano Performance from California State University Stanislaus. He was the recipient of Wisler String Scholarship for his work as assistant principal violist with the Stanislaus Symphony. He is a past winner in the California Opera Association Competition. Mr. Muñoz teaches privately in Seattle, his students have sung lead roles and works with Seattle Symphony, Seattle Opera, and San Francisco Opera.
Described as “pure and radiant” (Gramophone), “immensely impressive” (Early Music Review), and “rich, full-voiced, and perfectly blended” (Early Music America), the Byrd Ensemble has been internationally acclaimed for its performances and recordings of chamber vocal music, particularly Renaissance polyphony. The Byrd Ensemble, directed by Markdavin Obenza, is a Seattle-based professional ensemble made up of 10 to 12 singers.
Since 2004, the ensemble has performed in the greater Seattle area and toured across the United States, presenting concerts for the Gotham Early Music Scene in New York with Peter Phillips (director of the Tallis Scholars),
the Boston Early Music Fringe Series, and in Scotland at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The Byrd Ensemble has also performed in London, where John Rutter described the ensemble as “a fine group that has achieved an enviable standard of tuning, blend, and ensemble.”
The Byrd Ensemble signed with the Scribe Records label in 2011 and has since produced six records which have been reviewed by Early Music America, Gramophone, and Early Music Review. The Byrd Ensemble's recording of Estonian composer Arvo Pärt was reviewed in the Gramophone Magazine in 2014 and was used in the French film L'apparition (2018). The Byrd Ensemble is named after Renaissance composer William Byrd.