English organist and conductor Mark Williams will return to Portland this summer to direct the award-winning choir Cantores in Ecclesia in a seventeen-day festival featuring choral masterpieces by the great Renaissance composer William Byrd (1540-1623) and his contemporaries. The complete festival schedule includes an organ recital on the world-class Rosales organ at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, seven liturgical services, three public lectures, and a gala final concert, VOX PATRIS: Sacred music by Byrd and his predecessors. The final concert, at 7:30 pm on Sunday, August 23, will feature the magnificent twenty-minute motet Vox patris caelestis by William Mundy (c. 1529-1591) and a beautiful and little-known service by Byrd composed in honor of the Virgin Mary.
For more information about the festival, visit their website at www.byrdfestival.org.
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A Byrd Celebration: Lectures at the William Byrd Festival, published by the CMAA.