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Unsurpassed Renaissance Master

Sunday, May 31, 3:00 p.m., St. Bernadette Church

70 University Blvd. East, Silver Spring, MD (just off the Beltway, free parking)

Gradualia Propers for Pentecost

Mass for Four Voices

Latin motets and English anthems

*  Byrd's brilliant, luminous Gradualia Propers for Pentecost were composed in honor of

    his Catholic faith, at considerable personal risk in early 17th century Protestant England.

*  Byrd's great Mass for Four Voices is universally regarded as one of the most profound

    settings of the Mass in the history of choral music.

*  Revered by his fellow Elizabethan and Jacobean composers as "a Father of Musick,

    never without reverence to be named of the musicians," Byrd was preeminent both as

    a composer of Latin motets and Protestant England's new English anthems. 

*  Chantry also sings this music for a special Vigil Mass for the Feast of Pentecost at 7:00

    p.m. on Saturday, May 30, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 5121 Woodland Way,

    Annandale, VA