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Bienen Contemporary/Early Vocal Ensemble and Piffaro

Saturday, January 24, 7:30 p.m., Alice Millar Chapel
Preconcert discussion with Kile Smith and Donald Nally, 6:30 p.m. at Vail Chapel
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Sunday, January 25, 4 p.m., St. James Cathedral
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Donald Nally, conductor
The internationally acclaimed Renaissance wind band Piffaro brings its exotic menagerie of early instruments for a weeklong campus residency, culminating in a performance of Kile Smith's 2008 Vespers, inspired by the musical flowering of the Lutheran Reformation. In Smith's beautifully virtuosic hour-long celebration, traditional chorale tunes are embellished with postmodern counterpoint as ancient instruments meld organically with contemporary harmonies. Presented in collaboration with the Evelyn Dunbar Early Music Festival.

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