Anonymous 4

Civic Music Association kicks off the second half of the 2012/13 Concert Season with Anonymous 4, on Friday, February 8th at 7:30 pm at Drake University’s Sheslow Auditorium.  A pre-concert talk will take place in Sheslow Auditorium at 6:45 pm. This concert is sponsored by DuPont Pioneer.
The ensemble will also conduct a workshop and master class with the Drake University Chorale on Friday, February 8th at 10 AM.  This workshop will be located at St. Catherine’s of Siena on the Drake University Campus at 1150 28th St and is free and open to the public.
Spellbinding. Ethereal. Magical. A chorus of critics continue to sing highest praises to Anonymous 4′s sublime harmonies and seamlessly pure sound.  With over 2 million recordings and 25 years of touring history, early music performance has rarely known such success.  With a millennium’s worth of repertoire, from Gregorian chant to 12th -14th Century polyphony and early Americana, they have transcended this period-music history by premiering modern works by Peter Maxwell Davies, John Tavener, Steve Reich, and most recently, David Lang, whose evening length piece love fail will be performed at Brooklyn Academy of Music, Kennedy Center and UCLA.
Featured Program – Sisters in Spirit: Sacred Song from Medieval Spain to Early America
Anonymous 4 travels from old world to new: the first half of this program contains 13th-century polyphony and sacred Latin song made for the nuns of the famous Spanish convent, Las Huelgas, all featured on the group’s newest CD, SECRET VOICES; the second half is a collection of Anglo-American tunes from their hit recordings AMERICAN ANGELS and GLORYLAND.
“With the Anonymous 4, there is no accompaniment, no amplification and no fancy staging. It’s just four rarefied voices – pure, simple and stunning.”–Denver Post
Anonymous 4 consists of Susan Hellauer, Ruth Cunningham, Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek and Marsha Genensky.

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