Concerts

"The players proved an expert ensemble that produced a well-blended euphonious sound. The ear was entranced by the fantasies ... and charmed by the more familiar song transcriptions" The Strad.

New Concert: Friday, December 15, 2017, at 5:00 pm. Nazorení Pána Krista: Christmas from Three Lands. Margaret Panofsky, director, treble and bass viols; Christina Brandt-Young, tenor and bass viols; Joel Rust, bass viol; with Kathleen Cantrell, soprano; John Cantrell, organ and percussion. New York University, Bobst Library Gallery, 70 Washington Square South, New York City. Admission Free

Winter landscape, Dutch School, first half of the 17th century

Our concert, “Narození Pána Krista” (The birth of the Lord Christ), is a bit of a potpourri, offering mainly seasonal music from three lands, England, Bohemia, and Germany. The title comes from one of the Czech songs on the program, Opět jiná o Narození Pána Krista. All of the pieces, by Matthew Locke, Orlando Gibbons, John Dowland, Adam Michna, Samuel Capricornus, and others, were composed during the16th and 17th centuries with one notable exception, a 21st-century piece in debut by the English composer, Joel Rust, presently at NYU and a member of the Teares! In our world of multiple crises, we invite you to enjoy a brief respite listening to music written by men no less stressed by the stark realities that pressed in on them as they created works of great beauty. Perhaps for an hour the music will bring us closer to understanding the meaning of “peace on earth.”

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William Blake, Ancient of Days

William Blake, Ancient of Days

Friday, May 5, 2017, at 5:00 pm

From Crystal Heav’ns Above, to Earth Where Sorrow Dwelleth
English Renaissance Music for Voice and Viols

Kathleen Cantrell, soprano
Margaret Panofsky, director and treble viol
Christina Brandt-Young, tenor viol
Jeremy Brandt-Young and Joel Rust, bass viols

New York University
Bobst Library Gallery
70 Washington Square South
New York City
Admission Free

On May 5 The Teares of the Muses and singer Kathleen Cantrell perform From Crystal Heav’ns Above, to Earth Where Sorrow Dwelleth. The English Renaissance consort songs and viol fantasies by Taverner, Byrd, Morley, Dowland, Purcell, and others, navigate spiritual and earthly realms with both pathos and humor, from the Christian correctness of Come, Holy Ghost to the thinly disguised sexuality of The dark is my delight. In between, the sets about unrequited love and inevitable death include Byrd’s Ye sacred muses, which contains the words of the concert’s title. The viol duets, a trio, and quartets—even without texts—convey a gamut of emotions. We perform on the popular NYU Bobst Library Gallery Series that is open to everyone, free of charge.

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Albrecht Dürer, Holy Family with Three Hares

Albrecht Dürer, Holy Family with Three Hares

Wachet Auf!
17th-Century German Christmas Music for Voices and Viols

New York University
Bobst Library Gallery
70 Washington Square South
New York City
Admission Free

The Teares of the Muses with singers Kathleen Cantrell and Hallie Stotler, and organist John Cantrell, perform Wachet Auf!, 17th-Century seasonal music from Germany by Tunder, Praetorius, Schein, Scheidt, Schütz, and Vierdanck. The two high voices proclaim the age-old Advent and Christmas texts of hope and renewal, making sumptuous harmony with the four viols and organ. But all was not well in 17th-century Germany. In the midst of the Thirty Years War that lasted from 1618 to 1648, these composers continued to create gorgeous music while suffering from many hardships brought on by the famously brutal conflict.

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Melencholia I, Albrecht Dürer, 1514

Melencholia I, Albrecht Dürer, 1514

Melancholia
17th~Century Music for Voices and Viols

New York University
Bobst Library Gallery
70 Washington Square South
New York City
Friday, April 1, 2016, at 5:00 pm
Admission Free

St. Michael’s Church
St. Michael’s Hall (2nd Floor, Parish House)
225 West 99th Street
New York City
Saturday, April 2, 2016, at 7:30 pm
Admission: General $20; Seniors $15; Students Free

The Teares of the Muses with singers Kathleen Cantrell and Hallie Stotler, and organist John Cantrell, perform MELANCHOLIA, a new concert by the Teares! It won't be totally melancholic, and it offers a few “firsts.” After a tearfully indulgent Holborne suite, you'll hear sumptuous arrangements for voices and viols of songs from Coprario’s Funeral Teares. Then comes the most spectacular funeral ode ever: Byrd’s Ye Sacred Muses. Two French baroque pieces follow—one of them utterly delectable if you love tears (les pleurs): Tombeau Les Regrets by Sainte-Colombe. The concert concludes with our signature piece in a new edition by Margaret Panofsky and Kent Underwood: Ein Lämmlein by Samuel Capricornus.

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Musik zur Fastenzeit, Art: Ilian Rachov

Art: Ilian Rachov

Musik zur Fastenzeit
German 17th~Century Music for Lent

St. Michael’s Church
St. Michael’s Hall (2nd Floor, Parish House)
225 West 99th Street
New York City

Friday, February 27, 2015 at 7:30 pm

Admission: $20/$15 seniors/$5 students

The Teares of the Muses with singers Kathleen Cantrell and Hallie Stotler, and organist John Cantrell, perform meditative music suitable for Lent, and pieces specifically for Holy Week. The concert explores repertory by the composers who flourished a century before Bach: Buxtehude, Schein, Scheidt, Hammerschmidt, Geist, and many others. Capricornus’s O Traurigkeit, a reflection on the Passion Story, opens the concert. Our program also celebrates an ensemble sound much favored in 17th-century Germany: the distinctively hued scoring of one or two voices in combination with viols.

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This concert is dedicated to the memory of Janet Hassett

Revecy Venir du Printans

Revecy Venir du Printans

Spring Concert

Revecy Venir du Printans
17th-Century French Music, Secular and Sacred

St. Michael’s Church
225 West 99th Street
New York City

Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 7:30 pm

Admission: $20/$15 students and seniors

The Teares of the Muses with singers Kathleen Cantrell and Campbell Rightmyer, and organist John Cantrell perform seldom-heard music both light-hearted (Revecy venir du printans by Claude Le Jeune) and serious (Consideratio de vanitate mundi by Pierre Bouteiller). Exquisite viol consort music by Eustache Du Caurroy, including his Une jeune fillette pieces, is interspersed with a Magnificat by Boesset and Psalms 26 and 5 by Henry Du Mont.

Virgin and Child: Moravian Gothic wood sculpture

Virgin and Child: Moravian Gothic wood sculpture

Recent Concerts

Christmas Concert!

Narození Pána Krista
Christmas Music, 17th-Century Bohemia

The Bohemian National Hall
321 East 73rd Street
New York City

Thursday, December 20 at 7:00 pm

Admission: $20/$10 students and seniors

The Teares of the Muses, soprano Kathleen Cantrell, and a vocal quartet from Ghostlight perform music by the remarkable, but almost forgotten Czech composer Adam Václav Michna z Otradovic (c. 1600 - 1676). The Christmas program includes Michna’s sacred pieces with Latin texts: a Mass, a Magnificat, and motets that honor the Virgin Mary—Alma redemptoris Mater, and Salve Regina. In addition to seasonal viol consort pieces, you will hear exquisite Advent and Christmas carols in Czech by Michna and Václav Karel Holan Rovenský.

This concert is presented by the New York University F.A.S. Music Department and the Dvořák American Heritage Association: www.dvoraknyc.org.

Concert Poster, O Traurigkeit -- The Deposition after Raphael (detail), Ilian Rachov

The Deposition after Raphael, (detail), Ilian Rachov

O Traurigkeit
Memorial Concert for David W. Fenton

St. Michael's Church
225 West 99th Street, New York City
Entrance on Amsterdam Avenue

Friday, March 30 at 7:30 pm

Suggested donation: $20/$15 students

The Teares of the Muses with guests Kathleen Cantrell, Campbell Rightmyer, Carlene Stober, and John Cantrell will perform "O Traurigkeit" on Friday, March 30, 2012 at St. Michael's Church at 7:30 p.m. The Memorial concert for David Fenton features German 17th-century music for Good Friday from the CD, Ein Lämmlein. The program opens with Capricornus's moving O Traurigkeit, O Herzeleid.

Vater unser im Himmelreich
April 2010, funded by a New York University Creative Collaboration Support Grant

Lullaby, My Sweet Little Baby
December 2010

Ein Lämmlein: 17th-Century German Passion Music
April 2011

Wenn dein lieber Sohn kommt
December 2011

Concert Poster, Ein Lämmlein -- The Lamb of God in the Heaven, Ilian Rachov

"Ein Lämmlein" The Lamb of God in the Heaven, Ilian Rachov

Concert Poster, Wenn dein lieber Sohn kommt -- Madonna di Foligno, Ilian Rachov

"Wenn dein lieber Sohn kommt" Madonna di Foligno, Ilian Rachov