MUHLY MEETS BYRD
Dates & Tickets
For the performance on Saturday, October 21, 2023 at St. James Cathedral, Seattle:
Free parking will be available in the Cabrini Tower Garage for Saturday’s Byrd Ensemble concert – to receive free parking, you must take a ticket before entering the garage, and write “St. James Cathedral” on the ticket before handing it to the attendant upon exiting. The garage entrance is located on Marion Street between Terry and Boren Avenues, across from the O’Dea High School parking lot. O’Dea will be having their homecoming dance at the same time as the concert, so please allow for some extra time to park, as there will be extra traffic.
Photo: Heidi Solander
Opening our 20th Anniversary season and to honor 400 years since the death of our namesake, William Byrd, this program features a world premiere commissioned by the Byrd Ensemble. The new work, by American composer Nico Muhly, is based on Byrd's motet, Ne irascaris, Domine and will be conducted by Muhly himself.
The program also features other favorites by Byrd and his contemporaries and will conclude with a performance of Tallis’s monumental 40-part motet, Spem in alium.
We are excited to be presented by Portland-based choral ensemble, In Medio, for our program on Sunday, October 22 at 3pm. The program will open with a performance by In Medio and will combine forces for a performance of Tallis's Spem in alium. (Nico Muhly will not be present for this performance.)
Tickets will also be available at the door.
Candidi facti sunt
Philippe de Monte
Super flumina Babylonis
Ne irascaris Domine
Fallings World Premiere
Domine Dominus noster
Spem in alium
1 hour, 29 minutes, includes intermission
30 minutes prior to performance
Sarra Sharif Doyle
Nico Muhly, born in 1981, is an American composer who writes orchestral music, works for the stage, choral music, chamber music and sacred music. He’s received commissions from The Metropolitan Opera: Two Boys (2011), and Marnie (2018); Carnegie Hall, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, the New York Philharmonic, Wigmore Hall, the Tallis Scholars, King’s College, St John’s College, and Sidney Sussex College Cambridge, at which he is composer in residence. He is a collaborative partner at the San Francisco Symphony and has been featured at the Barbican and the Philharmonie de Paris as composer, performer, and curator. An avid collaborator, he has worked with choreographers Benjamin Millepied at the Paris Opéra Ballet, Bobbi Jene Smith at the Juilliard School, Justin Peck and Kyle Abraham at New York City Ballet; artists Sufjan Stevens, The National, Teitur, Anohni, James Blake and Paul Simon. His work for screen includes scores for The Reader (2008) and Kill Your Darlings (2013), Howards End (2017) and Pachinko (2022) .
Among his concerti are works for violin, ( Shrink , for Pekka Kuusisto), organ ( Register , for James McVinnie), viola (for Nadia Sirota), two pianos ( In Certain Circles, for Katia and Marielle Labèque) and his vocal collaborators include Iestyn Davies, Renée Fleming, and Nicholas Phan. He has collaborated with visual artists Maira Kalman and Oliver Beer, and has created site-specific pieces for the National Gallery, London, and the Art Institute of Chicago, and written articles for the Guardian, the New York Times, and the London Review of Books. Recordings of his works have been released by Decca and Nonesuch, and he is part of the artist-run record label Bedroom Community, which released his first two albums, Speaks Volumes (2006) and Mothertongue (2008).
Photo by Heidi Solander