Legend has it that the young Orlandus Lassus was kidnapped multiple times due to the beauty of his voice. This apparently did not stunt his growth as a composer, for which he gained unparalleled fame at an early age. Our winter program features works from Lassus’ early career in Italy and the Low Countries, revealing a young composer steeped in the musical traditions of his homeland, but with a penchant for adventurous harmonies. We include works by two major musical influences on the young Lassus, Clemens non Papa and Nicolas Gombert.
All venues are fully handicap-accessible unless otherwise noted. Also, everyone is cordially invited to join us at a reception following each concert!
Sunday, January 15, 2012 4 PM
Christ Church Andover
25 Central Street, Andover, MA
accessible nave, semi-accessible bathrooms (separate entrance from outside)
Directions: Christ Church Andover Web site
Saturday, January 28, 2012 7 PM
Cambridge Friends Meeting House (www.fmcquaker.org)
5 Longfellow Park, Cambridge, MA
ten minutes walk from the Harvard Square Red Line T stop
Sunday, January 29, 2012 4 PM
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (www.stpaulsbrookline.org)
15 St. Paul Street, Brookline, MA
near the Brookline Village Green Line T stop (the “D” line)
Map/Directions: Google Maps
Lassus spent the better part of his career in the service of the Bavarian court. Letters from the period, familiar and often humorous exchanges between the composer and his royal patrons, suggest why Lassus chose to remain, despite offers for more lucrative posts. Meanwhile, through his musical output, astounding in both quantity and quality, Lassus established himself as Europe’s leading composer. Join Convivium as we offer a sample of works by this remarkable musician at the height of his creative powers.
All venues are fully handicap-accessible unless otherwise noted. Please join us for receptions after the Worcester and Cambridge concerts! Our Worcester reception will be a special one in honor of our longtime friend and supporter, Dr. Ruth Westheimer.
Saturday, May 19, 2012 8 PM
Harvard-Epworth Church (www.gbgm-umc.org/harepumc/)
1555 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA
five minutes walk from the Harvard Square Red Line T stop
Map/Directions: (Google Maps)
** all are invited to a reception following the concert