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AU to host evening of a cappella, sacred, medieval, Renaissance choral music

Alfred University’s Performing Arts Division, with sponsorship by the David Miller Performing Arts Fund, is hosting the a cappella choral concert “Old World Meets New: A Renaissance Sampler with Musica Spei” Saturday, March 29 at 7:30 p.m. at the Alfred Seventh Day Baptist Church. Admission is free and open to the public.

Musica Spei (Music of Hope), a Rochester-based a cappella choral group, is in its 18th season performing the sacred choral masterworks of the medieval and Renaissance periods. Rehearsing and performing unaccompanied and without a conductor, the ensemble develops its interpretations in a collaborative fashion.

The concert will feature performances of classic choral music including Francisco Guerrero’s “Vexilla Regis;” “Kyrie” and “Agnus Dei” from Orlande de Lassus’s “Missa Cantorum;” the traditional Orthodox chant “Blazen Muzh;” “La Guerre” by Clement Janequin; and numerous other pieces.

Alfred University life trustee and alumnus David Miller has been a special friend to the Division of Performing Arts at the University. A partner with the Hanson, Bridgett, Marcus, Vlahos, & Rudy Law Firm in San Francisco, Miller is also a jazz pianist, performing with the David Miller Trio since 1975. He and his wife Elizabeth created the David Miller Performing Arts Fund endowment for the Performing Arts Division, which assists in arranging residencies and bringing guest performers, lecturers and performance ensembles to AU.

Musica Spei recently released its second album, titled “Cathedrals of Sound,” and copies will be available for purchase after the concert.