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Song and the Bard

Song and the BardVoices of a New Renaissance takes a journey through music from the time of Shakespeare and music inspired by Shakespeare and his texts.

The program includes works by Shakespeare’s contemporaries, Thomas Morley and Robert Johnson, by Thomas Arne and Henry Purcell, who kept interest in Shakespeare alive in the 17th and 18th centuries, by later masters including Vaughan Williams and Finzi, as well as composers living today.

Featured works will be selections from the musical setting of The Tempest which had long been attributed to Purcell but may in fact be by another composer, and Vaughan Williams’ lush Serenade to Music.

April 2 | Durham
4:00 PM | St. Stephen's Episcopal Church
82 Kimberly Drive

On the St. Stephen's Concert Series


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Past Season Concerts:

VOANR live in concertOctober 25, 2015 | Durham
6:30 PM, Goodson Chapel

A special collaboration with Duke Vespers Ensemble and visiting musicians from London's Royal Academy of Music & UNC Chapel Hill

The program of rarely-heard gems for voices and brass from the 16th and 17th century Germanic tradition includes works by Schütz, Scheidt, Telemann, Kuhnau and others.


February 20, 2016 | Durham
7:30 PM, St. Stephen's Episcopal Church

A Tale of Two Cities

A joint concert with Baroque & Beyond, showcasing choral and instrumental music from the opulent royal palaces of London and Paris. Featuring a popular composition by King Henry VIII himself, famous choruses from Purcell's The Fairie Queene, madrigals to honor Queen Elizabeth, and two-harpsichord dance music from her court.

Also on the program are a brilliant two-harpsichord performance of Premier Concert by Rameau and scenes from Marc-Antoine Charpentier's dramatic and charming mini-opera Les Plaisirs de Versailles.

This concert was presented as part of the 2016 North Carolina HIP Music Festival.