The British a cappella ensemble The Tallis Scholars first visited UChicago Presents in 1989, the eighth season of the Howard Mayer Brown International Early Music Series. Now, 29 years later, they return to perform in the University’s Rockefeller Chapel.
Founded in 1973 under the direction of Peter Phillips, who continues to lead the ensemble to this day, The Tallis Scholars have popularized Renaissance music with audiences around the world. The group began with members of the chapel choirs of Oxford and Cambridge, brought together by Phillips, an organ scholar enamored with a cappella music. In the 46 years since, they’ve grown to tour the world, releasing more than 70 albums, winning numerous awards, and earning a reputation as one of the leading vocal ensembles in the world.
In December, The Tallis Scholars fill Rockefeller Chapel with their pristine intonation and impeccable blend, performing carols, chorales, motets, and mass settings. The 10 voices of the ensemble’s touring contingent create glistening harmonies and delicate, perfectly balanced melodies that will lift and warm in the holiday season.
The Tallis Scholars present A Renaissance Christmas on Sunday, December 9 at 3 pm in the University of Chicago’s Rockefeller Memorial Chapel.
A Renaissance Christmas
Works by Palestrina, Josquin, Byrd and others