17/18 Vocal Ensemble Series: The Tallis Scholars

17/18 Vocal Ensemble Series: The Tallis Scholars

Wednesday, April 11 | 8 pm
$52 for VIP Seating
$42 for Preferred Seating
$28 for General Admission Seating
$20 Ages 30 & Under (General Admission Seating only)
$10 Duke Students (General Admission Seating only)

Duke Performances 2017/18 season ticket packages — including the Pick-Four or More, Chamber Arts Series, Piano Recital Series, and Vocal Ensemble Series — will go on sale to the general public on TUESDAY, JUNE 20 at 11 AM. Single tickets to Duke Performances 2017/18 shows will go on sale TUESDAY, JULY 11 at 11 AM. Tickets will be available for purchase online, via phone at 919-684-4444, and in person at the Duke University Box Office, Monday through Friday, 11 AM to 6 PM.

Renewal deadlines for current subscribers for Duke Performances season ticket packages are as follows: Chamber Arts Series (Friday, April 21), Piano Recital Series (Friday, May 26), and Vocal Ensemble Series (Friday, May 26).


During the last four decades, London’s Tallis Scholars have become unquestioned authorities of renaissance polyphony — “ethereal and yet full-blooded, uplifting and yet grounded,” declares The Guardian. Their sterling reputation stems both from a steady stream of first-class singers and from the inventive programming of founder Peter Phillips, who approaches historic texts with reverence for their past and with great energy for ensuring their relevance in the future. Phillips brings that philosophy to bear with War and Peace, a poignant program of music dealing with suffering, death, and redemption, delivered in remembrance of the hundredth anniversary of World War I.

In Durham, The Tallis Scholars sing the program, fashioned as a mass, inside the soaring space of Duke Chapel. The ten Scholars begin with “L’Homme armé,” the renaissance root of many subsequent masses, then proceed to the glorious Kyrie of Josquin’s own Missa l’homme armé. They turn next to Arvo Pärt’s ethereal and deeply moving tribute to Mary Magdalene, The Woman with the Alabaster Box, and Tavener’s Song for Athene, sung at Princess Diana’s funeral. The concert ends with Spanish composer Victoria’s Libera Me (1603), a timeless prayer for the release of the dead that has created solace in the midst of tumult for more than four centuries.


Monody: L’Homme armé
Josquin: “Kyrie,” from Missa l’homme armé
Guerrero: “Gloria,” from Missa batalla
Pärt: The Woman with the Alabaster Box
Jean Mouton: Quis Dabit Oculis
Lobo: Versa Est
Guerrero: “Credo,” from Missa batalla
Victoria: “Requiem Aeternam,” from Missa pro Defunctis
Guerrero: “Sanctus,” from Missa l’homme armé
Tavener: Song for Athene
Palestrina: “Agnus Dei,” from Missa Papae Marcelli
Victoria: “Libera Me,” from Missa pro Defunctis