Marie et Marion: Motets and Songs from the Montpellier Manuscript
Ann Arbor Only
Note: Reserved seating is sold out. General Admission and Student Tickets are still available. Doors open at 2:45 pm today.
Renowned for their unearthly vocal blend and virtuosic ensemble singing, the four women of Anonymous 4 combine historical scholarship with contemporary performance intuition to create their magical sound. Anonymous 4 has performed for sold-out audiences on major concert series and at festivals throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East; and has made 19 best-selling recordings for Harmonia Mundi USA.
With their recent announcement that the ensemble will retire at the end of the 2015-16 season, this will likely be their final performance in Southeast Michigan.
Join Anonymous 4 for an exclusive post-concert reception immediately following their performance on September 21 with a donation to the Academy for $250 or more. Visit the Academy's Donation page for additional information.
In Marie & Marion, the ensemble returns to the Montpellier Codex, an important source for 13th-century French polyphony. The program includes both motets of devotion to the Virgin Mary and those of very earthly love for Marion, Marot, Marotele, and their amorous anonymous sisters. A selection of chant masterpieces (fragments of which are used in the motet tenor lines), and trouvère chansons complete their program.
“Their impressive vocal blend, purity of tone and distinctive individual voices...were beautifully highlighted here.” — New York Times
“Few medieval-music specialists on the planet are as celebrated as Anonymous 4.” — San Francisco Classical Voice
"Angelic, indeed, Anonymous 4, in great form after more than a quarter-century, sounded as though it hovered over the hall." — Los Angeles Times