The New Consort - Visiting Artist Series
Wed, November 8th, 2023
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The Williams College Department of Music presents The New Consort. This event is free and open to the public.
The program, titled Begotten, Not Made, explores what the words and music of the Christian Mass have to say to the 21st century, and how future generations might respond to those ideas. The New Consort has paired movements from William Byrd’s landmark Masses (honoring the 400th anniversary of his passing) with settings of texts from other faith traditions and from scientists & philosophers, including works by Shireen Abu Khader, Salamone Rossi, David Shapiro, Judith Weir, and Gregory Brown. At the heart of this program is a world premiere by Hope Littwin: Stations of the Credo, a staged work exploring a core belief held by each singer of the ensemble.
Winners of the American Prize in Chamber Music, The New Consort is dedicated to exploring the roles musical ritual and community play in our lives. Musical juxtaposition is an integral part of the ensemble’s identity: by drawing diverse works into conversation, The New Consort attracts new audiences to classical music and encourages them to forge connections with voices from many genres of musical expression. Founded by baritone & Artistic Director Brian Mummert, The New Consort has been presented by organizations including Trinity College, Cambridge; Tippet Rise Art Center; The Walters Art Museum’s First Fridays series; The Bach Store, an NYC pop-up concert hall; Gotham Early Music Scene’s Midtown Concerts Series; Pegasus Early Music and New York State Baroque; Spectrum NYC; and at concert halls, churches, and schools throughout the Northeast. Members of The New Consort have appeared as soloists and conductors with some of the world’s best-respected ensembles, but relish the opportunity to collaborate as chamber musicians.