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Santa Cruz Baroque Festival

Renaissance Roots: American Flowerings
Sunday, February 23, 2020 - 3:00pm
Recital Hall, Music Center (UCSC)

UCSC Chamber Singers directed by Michael McGushin
Endurance Gospel Quartet

In the Renaissance, vocal polyphony and close harmony reached an apex of technical perfection, and their primacy in music culture was at its height. This Golden Age of choral music coincided with the first wave of European colonization of Africa and the Americas. Everywhere they went, the singing styles Europeans brought along were preserved and transformed by colonists, indigenous people, and the enslaved, and strains of their musical influence has persisted through the centuries to the present day. In North America, close harmonic singing and Baroque ‘fugueing’ evolved into Sacred Harp psalmody. Following the Civil War, creative blends in opposing contexts–North/South, urban/rural, classical/pop, White/Black–gave birth to various uniquely American styles, such as Tin-Pan Alley, Barbershop, and Gospel. This concert features Renaissance sacred music along with a selection of its flowerings across four centuries, with prize-winning ensembles performing in diverse genres: sacred harp, classical choral, and gospel.

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Advance tickets available via Santa Cruz Baroque Festival.
Pre-concert talk free with admission 45-min. before the advertised event start time.
Doors open 30 min. prior to the advertised event start time.
Buses and campus shuttles stop at Porter/Rachel Carson College. 
Parking attendants will be on site to issue $5 parking permits in Arts Lot 126.

image credit:
Sandro Botticelli. Mary with the child and singing angels (detail), 1477
Picture Gallery, National Museum, Berlin