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Our next concert:

Sounds of the Settlers
MAY 17 & 18, 2014

Recreating the sounds of history.

History books can tell us a lot about the founding of modern America, but there are some things they can’t do. Sine Nomine sets out to explore a question that is rarely asked: What did this world sound like? What sounds were in the air that the early Pilgrims and Puritans breathed?

Sine Nomine presents some of the earliest music written in America during this period, some music that crossed the Atlantic with the settlers, and some music that they chose to leave behind. With new scholarly reconstructions by Joseph Fort, the group recreates the sounds of the famous Bay Psalm Book, demonstrates ways of singing that fell from favor in the eighteenth century, and performs a psalm in the Massachusett language, as the Puritans often attempted to do. The rest of the program ranges from the sacred settings of Byrd and Tomkins to the (almost) profane, popular ditties by Ravenscroft.

The program is capped with the world premiere of Joel Rust's Meditation —setting a text by Edward Taylor, a seventeenth-century Massachusetts pastor, and commissioned to mark Sine Nomine’s twentieth anniversary.

– Saturday, May 17, 2014 7:30pm–
Saint Pius V Catholic Church
55 Elmhurst Avenue, Providence, RI

– Sunday, May 18, 2014 3:00pm –
Dartmouth High School
555 Bakerville Road, South Dartmouth, MA
Free concert at Dartmouth High School, proudly sponsored by the Dartmouth 350th Committee.
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Sine Nomine choral ensemble
Joseph Fort, director

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