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Les Canards Chantants | Smörgåsbord

Doors open at 7:00 pm

$20 General Admission, $15 Basic Members/Seniors/Students, Free for Gold and Patron Members.

Advance tickets available Tuesday, April 12 through Tuesday, May 9. To purchase tickets through May 9, visit the Museum or call 267.502.2990. After May 9 tickets will be sold only at the door, beginning at 7:00 pm on Friday, May 12.

Reserved seats for Patron Members only: call 267.502.2990 to reserve seats beginning April 12.

noun  /ˈsmɔːɡəsˌbɔːd/ <Swedish>
fig. A medley, miscellany; a rich variety or selection.
A whirlwind tour of the best vocal music from the Renaissance and beyond, this program has something for everyone.  Music spanning hundreds of years, sacred and secular, moralistic and hedonistic, a plethora of poetry sung in French, Italian, German, English, Latin, Spanish, Dutch, and even Birdsong.  If you are new to old music, what better way to sample the options than this diverse spread of aural dishes?

Les Canards Chantants’ smörgåsbord varies with the season, but is likely to include:

Heinrich IsaacInnsbruck, ich muss dich lassen
Orlande de Lassus – Audite Nova
Leonhard Lechner – Das Hohelied Salomonis

Thomas Tallis – The Sixt Tune
John Dowland – Can She Excuse My Wrongs
William Byrd – Ave verum corpus

Clément Janequin – Le chant des oyseaulx
Roland de Lassus Various (a shuffle of chansons) 

Guillaume de Machaut – Gloria from the Messe de Nostre Dame
Orlandus Lassus – Carmina Chromatico
Various – Ave Maris Stella (a time-traveling hymn)

Orlando di Lasso – Matona mia cara
Luca Marenzio – Zefiro torna e’l bel tempo rimena
Vittoria Aleotti – Hor che la vaga aurora

Pierre de la Rue – Myn hert altyt heeft verlanghen

Encina – ¡Cucu, cucu!

Praised for their “polished singing” and for “instilling their superb performances with liveliness and theatricality” (The Boston Musical Intelligencer) and for their “brilliant and moving” programming (Early Music America magazine) Les Canards Chantants is a solo-voice ensemble committed to dynamic interpretation of renaissance polyphony. The “singing ducks” have performed to high acclaim throughout the UK and Germany, appearing on BBC One and in venues as diverse as York Minster, The National Centre for Early Music, and Poole’s Cavern. Now based in Philadelphia, Les Canards Chantants are musical Ensemble in Residence at Glencairn Museum.

Les Canards Chantants have released two CDs to date, and are also becoming known for their quirky music videos on YouTube. Their first CD, Two in the Bush, a collaboration with lutenist Jacob Heringman and lute-viol duo Pellingman’s Saraband, is an intimate interpretation of the sacred vocal music of the Catholic underground in Reformation England, recorded by solo voices with lute and viol in a historic family chapel. Their second CD, released in November 2016, is the world premier recording of Giovanni Valentini’s intense and experimental Secondo libro de madrigali, recorded in collaboration with baroque string band ACRONYM.

Earlier Event: April 30
Wister Quartet
Later Event: June 2
An Evening in the Cloister