The reign of the great Tudor Queen, Elizabeth I, saw an unparalleled flowering of the arts in England. The “Virgin Queen,” herself a talented musician, presided over a court which reveled in the skill of great composers such as Thomas Tallis, William Byrd, and John Dowland. This program explores the way music was used to gain favor with the Queen by courtiers and diplomats and even by suitors, seeking to gain the royal hand in marriage. Along the way we meet foreign spies, disgraced favorites and plotting noblemen, illuminating the life of a court which rejoiced in some of the finest music ever created in England.
Stile Antico is one of the world’s most accomplished and innovative vocal ensembles, thrilling audiences on four continents with their un-conducted performances of Renaissance polyphony. Their recordings for Harmonia Mundi have won accolades including the Diapason d’or de l’année, Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik, and Gramophone Award for Early Music.
Stile Antico has appeared at the BBC Proms, Wigmore Hall, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Cité de la Musique, Leipzig Gewandhaus, and at many of the world’s leading early music festivals. The group has premiered works by John McCabe, Nico Muhly and Huw Watkins, and collaborated with performers as diverse as Fretwork, B’Rock, Marino Formenti and Sting. Recent engagements include performing at the 60th GRAMMY Awards, and debut tours to Colombia, South Korea, Macau, and Hong Kong.
“An ensemble of breathtaking freshness, vitality and balance.” ~ The New York Times
This engagement is supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest that is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from The Ohio Arts Council and the Crane Group.