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Paul Walker on the Early Music Show

Paul Walker

Jenny Wyss-Jones welcomes Paul Walker, the director of Charlottesville's early music ensemble Zephyrus, to the Early Music Show on January 30, 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. Paul will discuss an upcoming performance of Guillaume de Machaut's Messe de Nostre Dame.

ZEPHYRUS PRESENTS: Guillaume de Machaut, Messe de Nostre Dame

On Friday, February 3, at 8:00 p.m. in the University of Virginia Chapel, four members of the local early music ensemble Zephyrus -J. R. Ankney, Colin Bird, Jason Stell, and Paul Walker - will perform the Messe de Nostre Dame by Guillaume de Machaut. Machaut was arguably the most famous musician of fourteenth-century Europe, and his complete setting of the Mass Ordinary, the first by a single composer, was written for liturgical use in Rheims Cathedral, with which he was associated his whole life. The tradition that this work spawned is one of the most significant in Western music and includes such well-known masterworks as Bach's Mass in B-Minor and Beethoven's Missa Solemnis. The piece will be presented in a liturgical reconstruction as it would have been heard in Machaut's day and will include all of the Gregorian Chants for the Marian Feast of the Purification. Our performing forces are those of the fourteenth century: only four singers, two countertenors and two tenors. This is an extremely rare opportunity to hear this landmark work.

Tickets are $10, $5 for students and seniors, available at the door. For more information, please phone (434) 293-5339.

More information on Zephyrus:

Zephyrus is a non-profit vocal ensemble based in Charlottesville, Virginia, and dedicated to the performance of music from the medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque eras. Under the guidance of its director, Paul Walker, Zephyrus presents several major performances each year in Virginia and the surrounding area. It has also served in the past as choir-in-residence at two English Cathedrals, Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford (August 2000) and Ely Cathedral (July 2005), where the singers sang daily services. In August 2004 Zephyrus sang the chorus parts in a semi-staged performance of Purcell's Dido and Aeneas as part of the Staunton Music Festival.

Zephyrus has recorded three CDs. Our most recent CD, of Flemish music from the Renaissance and featuring Jacob Obrecht's Missa Sub tuum presidium, was released in January 2005.

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