Be­fore and af­ter: Mu­sic from Polyphony

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The 18-voice mixed cham­ber choir Polyphony: Voices of New Mex­ico, di­rected by Max­ine Thévenot, presents a wide-rang­ing pro­gram of un­ac­com­pa­nied choral works from the 16th cen­tury to the 21st. The con­cert in­cludes two sets of par­al­lel ver­sions by an­cient and mod­ern masters: set­tings of the an­tiphon “O sacrum con­vivium” by Gio­vanni Pier­luigi da Palest­rina and Olivier Mes­si­aen; the re­spon­sory “O vos omnes” by Tomás Luís de Vic­to­ria and Pablo Casals; and the psalm “Mis­erere mei” by Gre­go­rio Al­le­gri (a piece fa­mous for lead­ing the so­pra­nos re­peat­edly to high Cs) and James MacMil­lan. The pro­gram also in­cludes three move­ments from Wal­ton’s Missa bre­vis and motets by Byrd and Bruck­ner. The con­cert takes place at 7 p.m. on Satur­day, March 19, at San Miguel Chapel (401 Old Santa Fe Trail). Tick­ets ($20) can be pur­chased through www.polypho­ or at the door; stu­dents with valid ID get in for free, space per­mit­ting. — James M. Keller

Max­ine Thévenot

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