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West Village Chorale offers Early Music Sing, first in 35 years
by John Herzfeld and Andrew McDonough for Vocal Area Network
Posted June 23, 2006

PalestrinaWhen the West Village Chorale began planning the season's offerings for its 35th annual Summer Sings series, it seemed like the time was right to find something new. But the answer turned out to be something old -- choral music composed before 1700 by the masters of the Early Baroque and the Renaissance.

For the first time since the Chorale launched the popular audience participation series in 1971, an evening's program will be devoted exclusively to early music: specifically, the works of Giacamo Carissimi (1605-1674), Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643), Josquin Des Prez (1450-1521), Giovanni di Palestrina (1525-1594), Thomas Luis de Victoria (1548-1611), Thomas Tallis (1510-1585) and William Byrd (1540-1623).

"This repertoire is among the most glorious choral music ever written, but performances are less frequent and are often reserved for professional ensembles," said the West Village Chorale's Ana Beranek, one of the coordinators of the series. "So we are very excited to offer this Early Music Sing." To be held July 17, the Early Music Sing will be led