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Fri, Apr 05


The Concert Hall Thomastown

Sestina Music and Baroque Ensemble • In Praise of St Cecilia

Mark Chambers - musical director

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Sestina Music and Baroque Ensemble  • In Praise of St Cecilia
Sestina Music and Baroque Ensemble  • In Praise of St Cecilia


Apr 05, 2024, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM

The Concert Hall Thomastown, Station Rd, Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland


Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1643-1704) 

Ouverture pour le sacre d'un eveque, H. 536 (1690) 

Marc-Antoine Charpentier 

Litanies de la vierge H. 83 (1684)

Henry Purcell (1659-1695)  

Welcome to all the pleasures, Z339

Marc-Antoine Charpentier  

Caecilia Virgo et Martyr H. 413 (1684)

Sestina Music directed by Mark Chambers presents In Praise of St. Cecilia, a powerful programme celebrating the patron saint of music. Purcell's celebratory ode, Welcome to all the Pleasures is a vibrant celebration of solo and choral harmonies blending poetry and music. Commissioned by The Musical Society, London, for St Cecilia's Day 1683, it is a lively piece that exudes youthfulness and artistic camaraderie. A chamber oratorio, Caecilia Virgo et Martyr showcases Charpentier's ability to exquisitely convey drama and emotion through music. In contrast, Charpentier's profound spiritual sensitivity is evident in the solemn Litanies de la vierge, which employs intricate polyphony to evoke reverence and reflection. Brought to life by Sestina Music's talented singers and their band of authentic period instrumentalists, each piece reveals a distinct facet of Baroque music demonstrating the era's richness and the depth of the composer's creativity in captivating and enthralling ways.


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