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Orlando Consort: Rediscovering Compère

Miller Theatre at Columbia University School of the Arts  

concludes its 2016-2017 Early Music series with 

Rediscovering Compère

featuring England's

Orlando Consort

Saturday, March 25, 2017, 8:00 p.m.
150 West 83rd Street, New York, NY

Tickets: $35-$50 • Students with valid ID: $7-$27

From Miller Theatre Executive Director Melissa Smey: 

“The amazing singers of Orlando Consort return to Miller Theatre’s Early Music series with a special program devoted to re-examining the work of a seldom-heard yet legendary Renaissance composer. This sublime vocal ensemble has been working with a passion to champion Loyset Compère’s rich and beautiful music, and we’re thrilled to bring it to audiences as the closing concert in our 2016-17 Early Music series. The Orlando Consort’s sound is a terrific acoustic match for our new venue partner on West 83rd Street.”


Early Music

Saturday, March 25, 2017, 8:00 p.m.

Rediscovering Compère

150 West 83rd Street, New York, NY

The name Loyset Compère is not as familiar as Dufay or Josquin, but many—the Orlando Consort among them—believe that this Franco-Flemish composer deserves a place amongst the masters of the 15th century. His early Renaissance compositions combine a sophisticated technical mind with an ear for sheer beauty. This program makes the case for Compère with a wide variety of works: his stately “Magnificat,” moving motets, and a range of secular songs, from laugh-out-loud bawdy to exquisitely romantic. 

Orlando Consort:

Matthew Venner, alto

Mark Dobell, tenor

Angus Smith, tenor

Donald Greig, baritone


Loyset Compère: Crux triumphans

Loyset Compère: Mes pensées ne me lessent une heure

Loyset Compère: Se j'ay parlé

Loyset Compère: Au travail suis sans espoir de confort

Loyset Compère: Alons fere nos barbes

Guillaume Dufay: Anima mea

Loyset Compère: Plaine d'ennuy - Anima mea

Josquin des Prez: Ave Maria

Loyset Compère: Ave Maria

Loyset Compère: Sile fragor

Loyset Compère: Dictes moi toutes vos pensées

Loyset Compère: Ung franc archier

Loyset Compère: Seray je vostre mieulx

Loyset Compère: Ne doibt en prendre quant on donne

Loyset Compère: Une plaisant fillete ung matin se leva

Loyset Compère: Magnificat primi toni


Orlando Consort

Formed in 1988 by the Early Music Centre of Great Britain, the Orlando Consort is established as one of Britain’s most important chamber music ensembles. Their work successfully combines captivating entertainment and fresh scholarly insight: the unique imagination and originality of their programming together with their superb vocal skills has marked the Consort out as outstanding leaders of their field. In recent times the Consort has also attracted praise for their highly imaginative programming of contemporary music and jazz, and for their outstanding education projects that are specifically designed to involve amateur musicians of all ages and abilities. Their 2003 recording, The Call of the Phoenix (English 15th century motets) was named Gramophone Early Music CD of the Year. Their 2008 release of a ground-breaking recording, pairing Machaut’s extraordinary Messe de Notre Dame with Scattered Rhymes, a brilliant new work by the young British composer Tarik O’Regan and featuring the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, was recently short-listed for a BBC Music Magazine Award. The Consort has recently begun a long-term project to record the complete polyphonic songs of Guillaume de Machaut for Hyperion Records. 

Regular performers at London’s Wigmore Hall and the South Bank Centre, the Consort has also sung in festivals in Spain, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Greece, Estonia, France, Poland, the Czech Republic, Russia, Italy, Portugal, and Sweden, as well as the Spitalfields Festival, the Bury St. Edmunds, Aldeburgh, St. David’s, Stour, Deal, Brinkburn, Hexham, Cheltenham, and Chester Festivals, the Manchester Early Music Series, the City of London Festival, the St. Magnus Festival in Orkney, the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, and both the Beverley and York Early Music Festivals. The Consort has been featured at many events in North America, notably the American Musicological Society Meetings in Montreal and Toronto and at the Boston Early Music Festival. Even further from home, the Consort has made repeat visits to Japan and has also traveled on a six-concert tour to Peru, Bolivia, and Colombia. The Consort made their debut at the BBC Proms in the 1997 season, returning in 2001, and at the Edinburgh International Festival in 1998, returning in 2007. In partnership with the Radcliffe trust the Consort currently holds residencies at Bangor, Notingham, and Durham Universities. 

The work of the Orlando Consort extends well beyond conventional early music presentation: they frequently perform with local amateur choirs and with actors of the calibre of Robert Hardy and Prunella Scales. They appear regularly with the brilliant Dutch ensemble The Calefax Reed Quintet, and their ‘Extempore’ collaborations with the jazz quartet Perfect Houseplants have continued with the release of a second CD, Extempore II. Other recent highlights include their debut at New York’s Carnegie Hall and performances of their ‘Mantra’ project exploring historic Portuguese and Goan music with the brilliant tabla player Kuljit Bhamra in Singapore.


Upcoming Pop-Up Concert 
featuring the Orlando Consort

Miller Theatre presents an additional Orlando Consort performance 
as part of its fun and free Pop-Up Concert Series.

Orlando Consort: Music for a Renaissance Chateau
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Doors at 5:30 p.m., music at 6:00 p.m.
Miller Theatre (2960 Broadway at 116th Street).


Miller Theatre’s 2016-17 season is supported by an award from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature

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