Sacred sound

Published: October 2011

In preparation for a pair of evening concerts at Boston College celebrating the Spanish composer Tomás Luis de Victoria and the Jesuit musical heritage, 11 professional musicians and singers gathered for a rehearsal in St. Mary’s Chapel on October 11. The eight singers were members of Ensemble Plus Ultra, a London-based early music group cofounded in 2001 by Michael Noone, chair of the music department. Noone directed the performances, which focused on liturgical polyphony produced during the High Renaissance and Baroque eras at the Jesuit German College in Rome.

This rehearsal slideshow includes passages from the oratorio “Jephte” by Giacomo Carissimi (1605–74), who was maestro at the Jesuit German College for 40 years. The concerts were funded by the University’s Institute for the Liberal Arts. Accompanying the singers on the viol, positiv organ, and theorbo were, respectively, Emily Walhout, Michael Sponseller, and Charles Weaver.

This feature was posted on Wednesday, October 19, 2011 and is filed under Audio Slideshows.
Senior Producer: Ravi Jain; Producer: Miles Benson; Photography: Gary Wayne Gilbert; Audio: Ryan Newton.