CONCERTS AT GRACE

Grace Church offers this concert series for the cultural and spiritual enrichment of Newark and its suburbs.

This series is funded in part by the Music Society of Grace Church.

SATURDAY, JUNE 18, 2016, 7:00 P.M.

Alkemie: Cyprus 1400

We are happy to once again present our Ensemble-in-Residence, Alkemie. In this concert, Alkemie voyages to medieval Cyprus, an island crossroads of French, Greek, Armenian, Italian, and Ottoman influences. Ruled by French nobility for 300 years (1192-1489), this strategic paradise in the Mediterranean captivated kings, diplomats, artists, merchants, crusaders, and pilgrims from across Europe. During this time, Cyprus grew particularly rich in the highly refined ars subtilior style, which prized rhythmic complexity and experimentation. “Cyprus 1400” explores the Franco-Cypriot codex, Turin J.II.9 - a compilation of ars subtilior motets, ballades, and rondeaux rife with rhythmic motives in groups of 7, 9, 13, and even 22. This highly refined court music is juxtaposed with rousing dance tunes from the region and sinuous polyphony from France.

That's it for the 2015-2016 program year! Watch this space for the schedule for the 2016-2017 year.