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Music from Poland's Golden Age

The Newberry Consort

Friday, May 3, 2013 - Sunday, May 5, 2013

Chicago and Evaston, IL

Available online
$32 advance, $35 at the door
students $5 (cash only) at the door with valid ID

May 3, 2013, 8:00 pm
Copernicus Foundation Annex
5216 West Lawrence Avenue
Chicago, IL

May 4, 2013, 8:00 pm
Logan Center for the Arts
University of Chicago
915 East 60th Street
Chicago, IL

May 5, 2013, 3:00 pm
Lutkin Hall
Northwestern University
700 University Place
Evanston, IL

Pre-concert lectures start one hour before each performance.

"If the gods had let him live longer, the Poles would have no need to envy the Italians their Palestrina..." If you've never heard of Polish composer Waclaw z Szamotul, were not surprised  but get ready for a real treat! This concert presents the gorgeous, rare, and important music of Polands great Renaissance composers, performed on fiddles, bagpipes, viols, trombone, recorder, lute, and a consort of voices. Newberry Consort favorite, Chicago native and Polish-American Tom Zajac leads the ensemble in this new repertoire, guaranteed to open your ears to new sounds. The program will include masterworks by Waclaw z Szamotul, Mikolaj Gomolka, Wojciech Dlugoraj, Bartlomiej Pekiel, Adam Jarzebski, Mikolaj Zielenski and others.

Beguiling and intelligent, provocative and classic, ravishingly beautiful and deliciously edgy - The Newberry Consort has been delighting audiences for nearly three decades. Directed by David Douglass, Newberry Musician-in-Residence, and early music diva Ellen Hargis, the ensemble plumbs the Newberry Library's vast music collection and assembles a star-studded roster of local and international artists to deliver world-class performances of music from the 13th to the 18th centuries& and occasionally beyond. Affiliated with the Newberry Library Center for Renaissance Studies, the Consort also serves as an ensemble-in-residence at both the University of Chicago and Northwestern University. In addition to an annual concert series in Chicago, the Consort has an active touring schedule.

Tom Zajac, the co-director and creator of this program, is a multi-instrumentalist and specialist in medieval and Renaissance music. He is second-generation Polish-American. In August 2011, by invitation of the Polish Cultural Institute New York, he took part in a research visit to hear and meet Polish early musicians and ensembles at two festivals  Narol Festival and the Jaroslaw Song of Our Roots Festival in the southeast of the country. He wrote an article about these experiences that was published in the Winter 2011-12 issue of the Early Music America Journal. He has collected much material on his visit, including music that is rarely if ever heard in the US.

The Newberry Consort TV appearance on WTTW Chicago (video clips)

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