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Zephyrus, a Charlottesville-based, nonprofit vocal ensemble dedicated to the performance of music from the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque eras, is celebrating the release of its new CD, Fifteenth–Century Choirs, by incorporating some pieces from that disc into its annual Christmas concerts.

Zephyrus will perform "Music for Christmas" on Saturday, December 11, 2010 at 8:00 PM at First Presbyterian Church, 500 Park Street, in Charlottesville, VA; and on Sunday, December 12, 2010 at 7:00 PM at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 7599 Rockfish Gap Turnpike (Rt. 250W) in Greenwood, VA.

Zephyrus founder Paul Walker, internationally recognized musicologist and minister of music at Christ Episcopal Church, said the concert has a Renaissance theme this year.

"It includes, from the CD, a wonderful Magnificat setting by Alexander Agricola, Ockeghem’s Intemerata Dei mater, and Richard Smert’s charming Nowell: Dieu vous garde sung by the group’s tenors and basses. There also will be several pieces on the program that are new for us: a large-scale Marian antiphon by John Sheppard (Gaude, Gaude Maria), a dramatic setting of Vox in Rama by the madrigal composer Giaches de Wert, and several motets and hymn settings of Palestrina." --Paul Walker

Tickets are $20; $15 for students and seniors and can be purchased in advance in Charlottesville at the New Dominion Bookstore on the Downtown Mall; at Greenberry’s Barracks Road; Mincer’s at the Corner; or at the door.

For more information, call or email Paul Walker, 434-293-5339.

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