New York Polyphony

New York Polyphony: Faith & Reason

"a rich, natural sound that’s larger and more complex than the sum of its parts" - NPR

Date: Thursday, November 20, 2014

Time: 8:00 PM

Location: Church of the Holy Angels, 1322 Brown Street

This is a marriage of art and science that some might say was made in heaven.

New York’s exceptional chamber quartet New York Polyphony specializes in ancient sacred music - but for this program the all-male ensemble tackles some slightly more modern music and philosophy. Along with traditional selections, their program will feature a contemporary piece inspired by one of history’s great naturalists. Missa Charles Darwin, composed by Gregory W. Brown for the ensemble, sets Darwin’s words (particularly On the Origin of Species) to the traditional musical mass form ("Missa"). Even the melody reflects the theme, as it is based on a genetic sequence that reappears and evolves over the course of the piece. In the great acoustic space of Holy Angels Church, New York Polyphony’s performance is sure to stir musings about the role of both faith and reason in art and life.

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