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New York singers perform at Ware Academy

New York Polyphony performed for the entire Ware Academy student body on Friday, Feb. 20.

New York Polyphony is rapidly gaining a reputation as one of the finest classical vocal ensembles of a new generation. Fusing elegant vocalism with expert ensemble singing, the four men delivered a dynamic, historically-informed performance in a range of styles.

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New York Polyphony

New York Polyphony presented the Ware students with a program examining the ancient and modern from the 14th century to the present. With a particular focus on the English Tudor Polyphony, the ensemble sang repertoire spanning a period of approximately 150 years during the reigns of the Tudor Monarchs from Henry VII to Elizabeth I. This florid polyphony represents the pinnacle of English composition before the restraining practices of the Reformation took hold.

In contrast, the ensemble presented a commissioned work by English-born composer Andrew Smith. In addition, the ensemble presented selections of Renaissance madrigals from Northern Italy, as well as exploration into modern polyphony represented in works by the French composer Francis Poulenc.

This performance is one of the many performances sponsored by the Ware Academy Parents’ Association as a part of the school’s Enrichment Program.

Next up for Ware is “The Spirit of Taikoza: The Japanese Drum.” This percussion group uses the powerful rhythms of taiko drums to explore the rich history and traditions of the Japanese culture.

posted 02.26.2009

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