Winter, 2011

A Joyous Songe: Italian and English Music of the Renaissance

Anyone familiar with the films of Merchant-Ivory and the works of countless English authors knows that the British have always been enchanted by the passionate ways of the Southern European continent. This trend had no small effect on English music of the 16th and early 17th centuries, as its composers adopted the passionate madrigal of the Italians and made it their own. Sacred & Profane will perform sacred and secular music of both countries, featuring William Byrd’s transcendent Mass for Four Voices, and works by Tallis, Morley, Weelkes, Wilbye, Josquin, Palestrina, Gesualdo, Monteverdi, and others.

Sunday, February 26, 8 PM
St. Francis Lutheran Church
152 Church Street (btwn Duboce & Market)
San Francisco

Sunday, February 27, 4 PM
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church
2300 Bancroft Way (at Ellsworth)
Berkeley