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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 5, 2013

MEDIA ALERT: The Tallis Scholars make their 25th annual appearance on the BEMF Concert Stage on Saturday, December 14, 2013

ARTIST: The Tallis Scholars (United Kingdom)
Peter Phillips, director
WHEN: Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 8pm
St. Paul Church, Bow & Arrow Streets, Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA
PROGRAM:  Renaissance Music for the Holiday Season

Tomas Luis de Victoria: Dum complerentur, dum ergo essent
Victoria: Missa Gaudeamus
Philippe Verdelot: Beata es Virgo Maria
Verdelot: Sint dicte grates Christo
Anton Bruckner: Ave Maria
Victoria: Ave Maria a 8
Francisco Guerrero: Usquequo Domine
Guerrero: Maria Magdalene
TICKETS: Tickets are priced at $19, $38, $49, and $66 each, and can be purchased at WWW.BEMF.ORG and 617-661-1812; a $5 discount for students, seniors, and groups is offered by calling 617-661-1812. Subscription discounts of 10% are available with the purchase of three or more programs.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM:
Peter Phillips and the legendary voices of The Tallis Scholars return to Boston for their 25th annual appearance in a joyous celebration of the holiday season and the ensemble’s 40th anniversary season! Founded in 1973, The Tallis Scholars have toured the world earning enthusiastic acclaim for impeccable and glorious performances of Renaissance vocal music. They will perform a gorgeous program of sacred works written to honor the Virgin Mary, both as saint and mother, from the grandeur of Victoria’s Missa Gaudeamus to intimate seasonal settings by Guerrero, Verdelot, and Bruckner.

Since the 1989-1990 Concert Season, the Boston Early Music Festival has presented The Tallis Scholars in 39 concert performances with total individual tickets sold surpassing 25,000. Indeed, their first performances predated the formal inauguration of BEMF’s annual Boston Concert Series. With a sold-out audience and a WCRB 99.5FM radio broadcast in 2012, they continue to be warmly received by Boston audiences as this beloved group celebrates four decades of consistently excellent music-making.

ABOUT THE ENSEMBLE:
The Tallis Scholars were founded in 1973 by their director, Peter Phillips. Through numerous recordings and concert performances, they have established themselves as the leading exponents of Renaissance sacred music throughout the world. Peter Phillips has worked with the ensemble to create, through excellent tuning and blend, the purity and clarity of sound which he feels best serve the Renaissance repertoire, allowing every detail of the musical lines to be heard. It is the resulting beauty of sound for which The Tallis Scholars have become so widely renowned. The Tallis Scholars perform in both sacred and secular venues, giving around 70 concerts each year across the globe. Recordings by The Tallis Scholars have attracted many awards throughout the world with recent honors including their recording of Josquin's Missa De beata virgine and Missa Ave maris stella received a Diapason d’Or de l’Année in November, 2012 and in their 40th anniversary year being welcomed into the Gramophone Hall of Fame by public vote.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR:
Peter Phillips
has made an impressive if unusual reputation for himself in dedicating his life’s work to the research and performance of Renaissance polyphony. He founded The Tallis Scholars in 1973, with whom he has now appeared in over 1600 concerts and made over 50 discs, encouraging interest in polyphony all over the world. Apart from The Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips continues to work with other specialist ensembles including Collegium Vocale of Ghent, the VoxVocal Ensemble of New York, and Musix of Budapest. He has made numerous television and radio appearances, on BBC Radio 4 and the World Service as well as on German, French, Canadian and North American radio. Peter also works extensively with the BBC Singers with whom he gave a Promenade concert, in collaboration with The Tallis Scholars, from the Royal Albert Hall in July 2007, which was broadcast live and attended by over five thousand people.

RESOURCES:
Download artist photos: http://www.bemf.org/pages/press/images.htm
The Tallis Scholars Website: http://www.thetallisscholars.co.uk/

ABOUT THE BOSTON EARLY MUSIC FESTIVAL:
Recognized as the preeminent early music presenter and Baroque opera producer in North America, the Boston Early Music Festival (BEMF) has been credited with securing Boston’s reputation as “America’s early music capital” (The Boston Globe). Founded in 1981, BEMF offers diverse programs and activities, including three Grammy-nominated opera recordings, an annual concert series that brings early music’s brightest stars to the Boston and New York concert stages, and a biennial week-long Festival and Exhibition recognized as the “world’s leading festival of early music” (The Times, London). The 18th Boston Early Music Festival will take place from June 7–14, 2015, and will be highlighted by Claudio Monteverdi’s trilogy of operas: Orfeo, Il Ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria, and L'Incoronazione di Poppea. BEMF’s Artistic Leadership includes Artistic Directors Paul O’Dette and Stephen Stubbs, Opera Director Gilbert Blin, and Orchestra Director Robert Mealy.

For more information, images, press tickets, or to schedule an interview, please contact Kathleen Fay at 617-661-1812 or email kathy@bemf.org.

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