with The Goliards: The Message of Gabriel, Sunday, Dec. 21, 3 p.m., 2014

The Goliards will perform The Message of Gabriel, a program of English Advent and Christmas music that covers a period of approximately 300 years (ca. 1150-ca. 1450), on Sunday, December 21, at 3:00 P.M.. The concert will taker place at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (34th and Abercorn). Admission is $10.00. Instrumentalists include John Hillenbrand (vielle), Anne Durant (harp and percussion), and myself on organ and sinfonye.

The program features five sopranos (Ashley Adams Roper, Melissa Flummerfelt, Mary Catherine Mousourakis, Cuffy Sullivan, and Leila Sullivan), and will include examples of varied choral genres – Gregorian Chant, two hymns by St. Godric of Finchale (ca. 1065-1170), two 13th-century Marian motets, and a variety of early-15th-century carols (ranging from pious to raucous) from the Selden Codex. The texts of the works in the program are to be sung in Latin or in Middle English.