Friday Music Series: Third Practice
Reconstruction: Sacred music from the chapel, the tent, and the field
Founded in 2012, this DC-based professional chamber vocal ensemble bridges the gap between traditional classical and contemporary music through thoughtful and adventurous programming. Third Practice is named after a term for the late style of composer Claudio Monteverdi, in which he is said to have fused elements of the older "first practice" with the contemporary "second practice," creating a rich new musical language. The ensemble's artful singing has been praised for "first-rate" musicality (New York Times). The Georgetown University Friday Music Series features acclaimed artists in free concerts at 1:15 p.m. on select Fridays.
In fall 2016, Third Practice presented the world premiere of Joshua Bornfield's mixed voice arrangement of his work "Reconstruction," a choral fantasy on 19th-century American hymns. This beautiful five-movement work looks to the structure of the Roman Catholic Mass for inspiration; as such, the ensemble has chosen to intersperse the work's robust Americana strains with movements from Byrd's immortal Mass for Four Voices. An anthem by early American composer William Billings and a shape-note inspired Psalm setting by Martin Bresnick set the tone for this inventive reimagining of American choral traditions.
McNEIR HALL, NEW NORTH BUILDING
Friday, February 10, 2017 at 1:15pm
37th and O St., N.W., Washington