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BREAKING NEWS: Due To Popular Demand PUC Will Present A Second Gallicantus Concert

April 8, 2014

Princeton University Concerts is proud to present the Princeton debut of the acclaimed Renaissance vocal ensemble Gallicantus on Saturday, April 26 at 7:30pm at Procter Hall at the Princeton Graduate College.  Due to overwhelming demand at the box office, there will now be a second concert on Sunday, April 27 at 7:30pm at the Miller Chapel at the Princeton Theological Seminary.  Both concerts will showcase the talents of this award-winning vocal ensemble in two unusual concert spaces.  Over two nights, the ensemble will highlight works by William Byrd, Thomas Tallis, Philippe de Monte, and other renaissance masterpieces.  The ticket prices for the two events are unusually low, just $15 and $5 for students.  Patrons who wish to attend both concerts will receive a discount. 

Gallicantus was founded by and is directed by Princeton's own Director of Choral Programs Gabriel Crouch.
Literally meaning "rooster song" or "cock crow," Gallicantus takes its name from the term used in monastic antiquity for the office held just before dawn: a ceremony which evokes the renewal of life offered by the coming day. With members drawn from such renowned English vocal ensembles as Tenebrae (whom Princeton audiences heard last season), The Tallis Scholars and King's Singers, Gallicantus are as meticulous about providing context and insight for audiences as they are about crafting interpretation of the music they love. Their many recordings have garnered critical acclaim, including their 2012 recording of "The Word Unspoken," the same program that they will sing in Princeton, with The Sunday Times saying "The intensity of the music is reflected in Gallicantus' beautifully shaped performances."  It was featured in the choice of the month recordings of Gramophone Magazine, which also said, "The ensemble's view is delivered with such intelligence and rhetorical persuasiveness that the cumulative weight of their Byrd, in particular, is well-nigh symphonic in effect."


Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 7:30pm
David Allsopp, countertenor; Nicholas Todd, tenor; Christopher Watson, tenor; Gabriel Crouch, baritone;
William Gaunt, bass; with Robin Tyson, countertenor; Katherine Buzard, soprano; Nicole Fragala, soprano

"THE WORD UNSPOKEN" reveals the real William Byrd -- devout Catholic deeply troubled by the persecution of his brethren, and composer with expressive and emotive powers beyond any of his contemporaries. His music is paired with his most prominent contemporaries, including his great teacher Thomas Tallis and Philippe de Monte, the Flemish composer whose secret gift to Byrd of a setting of Psalm 136 expressed the solidarity of an entire continent, and moved Byrd to repay de Monte with a gift of his own setting of the same psalm. "With the gruesome punishments often meted out on recusant Catholics during the reign of Queen Elizabeth the First," says Gabriel Crouch, Director of Gallicantus "it is unsurprising that evidence for the religious preferences of her greatest composers can be vague or contradictory. Even the most famous 'Catholic' figure in English music, William Byrd, never did anything so brazen as to publicly declare his faith -- though the texts he selected for his 1589 Cantiones Sacrae, the collection which forms the basis of the first half of the program, speak eloquently enough.  This was the music of Byrd's conscience, produced with as much care and regularity as the Protestant-friendly, English-language works heard in the second half." 

Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 7:30pm
David Allsopp, countertenor; Nicholas Todd, tenor; Christopher Watson, tenor; Gabriel Crouch, baritone;
William Gaunt, bass; with Robin Tyson, countertenor

"SWEET LAMENTS OF THE ENGLISH RENAISSANCE," music of Thomas Tallis, William Byrd, Robert Whyte, Robert Parsons and John Sheppard. At the heart of each half of this program lies a monumental setting of the Lamentations of Jeremiah, each now considered a masterpiece of its type. Here, as in the rest of the program, the music of Tallis, the 'Father' of Elizabethan music, is set against works by his most important colleagues. The names of Robert Whyte, Robert Parsons and John Sheppard are not as widely recognized as those of Byrd and Tallis today, though this is not for any lack of quality, as this program attempts to show.

For further information please contact Catherine Ugolini at 609-258-6024 or
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WHAT:  Gallicantus, Renaissance Vocal Ensemble
               Gabriel Crouch, Director

WHEN: Saturday, April 26 at 7:30pm and Sunday, April 27 at 7:30pm
WHERE:  April 26 at Procter Hall at the Princeton Graduate College & April 27 at Miller Chapel at the Princeton Theological Seminary

TICKETS: $15 General; $5 Students.  Discounted tickets are available for patrons who buy tickets to both concerts.  Tickets are available online at, by phone at 609-258-9220, or in person two hours prior to concert at the Richardson Auditorium Box Office. 

PARKING: For information on parking please visit

PHOTOS: Please contact Catherine Ugolini at 609-258-6024 or or download at

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