This all-female vocal trio brings to Caramoor the wondrous sounds of medieval chant and polyphony. Join us for a holiday program of music from the British Isles, featuring beloved English medieval and Renaissance carols, including There is No Rose, A Virgin Unspotted, and Green Groweth the Holly (attributed to Henry VIII). Also included are new arrangements of some old favorites, including In the Bleak Midwinter, O Little Town of Bethlehem, and The Holly and the Ivy. The program will include new settings of medieval texts, including a commission by acclaimed British composer Andrew Lovett, Winter Wakeneth, as well as the premiere of a setting by Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek of the beloved Medieval poem There is no Rose, sung in Sean Nos style to the tune of an ancient Irish folk-ballad, The Lamentations of Deidre. The Rosen House, splendidly decorated for the holidays, will be open for self-guided tours between the two performances.
“(they) sang exquisitely together, their voices so tightly intertwined that they often sounded as one clear strand…..an evening of gloriously clear voices singing exquisitely wrought music spanning centuries.” — Steven Pisano, Feastofmusic.com
We will have a Toys 4 Tots drop off in the Summer Dining Room. If you would like to spread cheer and hope to a less-fortunate family, please bring a new, unwrapped toy.
ModernMedieval Voices is all-female ensemble created by Dr. Horner-Kwiatek to present programs that combine medieval chant and polyphony with new commissions and music from later eras. She is joined by singers drawn from some of the country’s leading early and new music ensembles, including Roomful of Teeth and Trinity Wall Street Choir.
ModernMedieval Voices takes the vocal techniques developed by Anonymous 4 for singing this repertoire, and combines them with a fresh approach to programming that introduces this wonderful music to new audiences.
ModernMedieval Voices has made appearances at The Ecstatic Music Festival, Liquid Music, MetArtsLive, Electric Earth Concerts, National Museum for Women DC, and Virginia Arts Festival, among others, and has given residencies at East Carolina University, SUNYBinghamton, and Princeton as part of Princeton Sound Kitchen.
Programs for the ensemble range from early music offerings to world premieres of new work.