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Marcel Peres and Cappella Romana

Cappella Romana presents medieval music masterpiece

On Sunday, February 4, 2018 Eugene music lovers will have a rare opportunity to hear a performance of the earliest known polyphonic mass setting by a single composer, Machaut’s Messe de Nostre Dame (Mass of Our Lady), with chants for Candlemas, directed by international early music authority Marcel Pérès. Cappella Romana performs “Machaut Mass and Propers for Candlemas” at 3 p.m. at Central Lutheran Church, 1857 Potter St.

The Messe de Nostre Dame (Mass of Our Lady) was composed some time before 1365 by French poet and composer Guillaume de Machaut (1300–1377) for the Cathedral at Reims, France where Machaut served as a canon. The mass is widely regarded as one of the masterpieces of medieval music and of all religious music.

Candlemas, also known as the Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord Jesus, falls on February 2. The holy day commemorates the presentation of Jesus at the Temple. On Candlemas, many Christians bring their candles to church, where they are blessed and then used for the rest of the year.
Marcel Pérès is a French musicologist, composer, choral director and singer, and the founder of the early music group Ensemble Organum. He is an authority on Gregorian and pre-Gregorian chant.

Cappella Romana is a professional vocal ensemble based in Portland, Oregon that performs early and contemporary sacred classical music in the Christian traditions of East and West. The ensemble is known especially for its presentations and recordings of medieval Byzantine chant (the Eastern sibling of Gregorian chant), Greek and Russian Orthodox choral works, and other sacred music.

The concert, which is free and open to the public, is cosponsored by the OHC’s Endowment for Public Outreach in the Arts, Sciences, and Humanities. For more information contact Stephen Shoemaker, sshoemak@uoregon.edu

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