A 16th-Century Meeting of England & Spain
October 15, 2011
For the first concert of its 2011-12 season, Blue Heron welcomes Ensemble Plus Ultra (U.K.), making its US debut, to share the stage for a program of Renaissance English and Spanish music. Directed by Michael Noone, Ensemble Plus Ultra specializes in Spanish music and has released numerous CDs of music by Morales, Guerrero and Victoria. Ensemble Plus Ultra will sing 16th-century Spanish works; Blue Heron, a grand Salve Regina by Richard Pygott from the Peterhouse partbooks (c. 1540). The two groups will join forces for music by John Browne from the Eton Choirbook (c. 1500) and polychoral works by Victoria and others.