Schola Adventus, the resident choir at The Church of the Advent of Christ the King, directed by Paul Ellison, began this season’s activities by participating in the celebration of High Mass this past Sunday (September 8). One of the selections for that occasion was William Byrd’s a cappella motet in four parts on the prayer “Ave verum corpus.” This coming Sunday Schola Adventus will give its first concert performance, which will include a “reprise” of this motet as well as the singing of Byrd’s four-voice setting of the Mass text. However, the title of the concert is Sacred & Profane; so the remainder of the event will offer secular madrigals by Thomas Morley, John Bennet, Thomas Campion, and John Farmer.
All compositions will be in four parts, each of which will be sung by a single voice. The vocalists will be soprano Jennifer Ashworth, contralto Lauren Carley, guest tenor Jonathan Hampton, and bass James Monios. Ellison will direct.
This concert will take place in the sanctuary of The Church of the Advent of Christ the King, located at 261 Fell Street, between Franklin Street and Gough Street. It will take place this coming Sunday, September 15, at 4 p.m. Tickets are not required, but a donation of $20 is suggested.