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FRI SEPT 10 at 7:00 p.m.

Online on our website



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.

Program Notes &

Text and Translations


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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.

Watch the program on our website, youtube channel, or facebook.


MAGALHÃES: O Rex gloriae
MAGALHÃES: Missa O Soberana luz

CARDOSO: Sitivit anima mea
CARDOSO: Lamentatio

LOBO: Audivi vocem
LOBO: Magnificat secundi toni


Normally, we use ticket sales and donations collected from our performances to continue to pay for singers of the Byrd Ensemble. Unfortunately, COVID has forced us off the stage and into the digital world. We see this as an opportunity to deliver you a more intimate version of our work in the comfort of your own home! While we can't see you in person, you can still support our work by making a donation or purchasing a virtual ticket. 


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