Choir of Corpus Christi Church & James Bassi
Sunday, April 22, 2018, 4 p.m.
Corpus Christi Church
James Bassi, conductor
Louise Basbas, director
Tomás Luis de Victoria and the Spanish Golden Age
To complement Stile Antico’s concert, the Choir of Corpus Christi Church forgoes the solemnity of Holy Week to perform Victoria’s Missa O magnum mysterium and works by Guerrero and Morales from other feasts of the Church Year. Spain’s Golden Age, marked by overseas conquest and the accumulation of riches, was also an age of musical flowering—with Victoria at its center.
3:15 p.m. pre-concert conversation with James Bassi, conductor/composer; and Thomas Baker, singer/historian, in the sanctuary
Post-concert wine-and-cheese reception in the auditorium
“The Choir of Corpus Christi Church has a non-homogenized sound, with particularly vivid colors in the tenors and sopranos. They sang with clear articulation and refined dynamics—they made the interior details easy to hear and enhanced the variety of the composers.”—New York Classical Review
Artist Bios and Program
The Choir of Corpus Christi Church is the resident performing ensemble of the Music Before 1800 concert series. Directed by Louise Basbas, the group specializes in vocal music of the Renaissance and early baroque eras. For five years it focused on large-scale pieces by Stradella, offering present-day revivals of four oratorios and a serenata. Since then, it has performed oratorios by Alessandro Scarlatti as well as vocal works by many composers, including Victoria, Purcell, Schütz, and Bach. The Choir participates in Sunday and holiday services at Corpus Christi Church throughout the year. In December 2015, the ensemble joined forces with Juilliard415 and soloists from the Juilliard School’s Marcus Institute of Vocal Arts in an enthusiastically received and highly acclaimed Christmas concert featuring J.S. Bach’s Magnificat under the direction of Richard Egarr. This leading professional chamber ensemble has performed in some especially noteworthy events, including the New York premiere of Arvo Pärt’s Passio at Lincoln Center and the North American premiere of Leos Janácek’s Diary of One Who Vanished for Lincoln Center’s “New Visions” series. These versatile performers sing in an astonishing variety of concerts, from contemporary music by the Philip Glass Ensemble to stage productions on Broadway.
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