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Tallis Scholars close Wake Forest Secrest season

March 15, 2007

Wake Forest University will close the 2006-2007 Secrest Artists Season with a concert by The Tallis Scholars, a choral ensemble called “the rock stars of Renaissance vocal music” by The New York Times, at 7:30 p.m. March 29 in Wait Chapel. 

In conjunction with the concert, Brian Gorelick, associate professor of music at Wake Forest, will give a pre-performance Secrest Signature talk at 6:40 p.m. in the second floor balcony room of Wait Chapel.

Founded in 1973 by director Peter Phillips, The Tallis Scholars have established themselves as leading performers of Renaissance sacred music throughout the world and are known for the purity, clarity and beauty of their sound. 

The concert program will include pieces by Claudio Monteverdi, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, Nicolas Gombert, Orlande de Lassus, and John Browne.

The award-winning group has performed internationally in both sacred and secular festivals and venues, including the Salzburg Festival, Bath Festival, Milan Cathedral Festival, the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow and the BBC Proms in London. 

In January 2006, the group premiered Sir John Tavener’s “Tribute to Cavafy,” which was narrated by Vanessa Redgrave.  They have received numerous awards, including Grammy nominations, for their recordings.

Tickets are $16 for adults; $12 for senior citizens and non-WFU students; and $5 for children under 12. 

A special group rate is available to members of church choirs and singing groups.  

Tickets are available from the Theatre Box Office in Scales Fine Arts Center by calling (336) 758-5295.

Press Contacts:

Pam Barrett
(336) 758-5237

Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237

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