Rochester Early Music Festival

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Country and Region United StatesNew York
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Location of Festival Rochester, New York, USA
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Musica Spei

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Musica Spei (Music of Hope) presents the annual Rochester Early Music Festival at Saint Anne Church in Rochester. The concert includes ensembles and soloists from a broad spectrum of Rochester’s early music community, presenting works ranging from English Medieval songs, Italian and Spanish baroque.

Musica Spei formed in the summer of 1995 to explore the vast but rarely performed repertoire of sacred, unaccompanied choral masterworks of the Middle Ages and Renaissance.  The group currently has a wide-ranging repertoire of well over 100 masses, motets and chants from both Western and East European Orthodox traditions.   Musica Spei’s goal is to share the magnificence and beauty of this mostly unfamiliar music with ever wider audiences, while demonstrating the vibrancy and emotional impact of this music in today’s world.  The growth and development of Musica Spei, a member of the Greater Rochester Choral Consortium, is possible due to the generous on-going support of the parish community of Saint Anne Church, which provides both rehearsal and performance space.

Festival Dates November 9, 2013
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