CCM welcomes celebrated vocal ensemble Gallicantus for residency

The weeklong residency includes public lectures and workshops, as well as two exciting performances

Story by CCM Graduate Assistant Lucy Evans

The celebrated vocal ensemble Gallicantus will visit the UC College-Conservatory of Music from March 2-6 for a professional choral singing residency with CCM's Choral Studies program. Under the direction of Gabriel Crouch, Gallicantus specializes in early and renaissance music.

The group's CCM residency includes public lectures and workshops on topics ranging from the music of William Byrd to practical advice on building a career in music. Bookending the residency are two public concerts at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Peter in Chains in downtown Cincinnati.

Everything Gallicantus touches seems to turn to gold.

Adrian Horsewood, Early Music Today

A portrait of CCM guest artists Gallicantus. Photo/provided

Early music group Gallicantus. Photo/provided

The public portion of the residency opens with an off-campus concert entitled “The Word Unspoken" at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 3. Presented at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Peter in Chains, this ticketed performance features Gallicantus collaborating with the CCM Professional Choral Singing Fellows on a program of music from 16th-century England, including William Byrd and Thomas Tallis. Tickets can be purchased online through the St. Peter in Chains website.

The residency then launches into a series of on-campus lectures and workshops from March 4-6, all of which are free and open to the public. On-campus events take place in rooms 100 and 300 of the Dieterle Vocal Arts Center, located in the CCM Village.

Finally, CCM Chamber Choir and CCM Chorale return to the Cathedral Basilica of St. Peter in Chains to give a free concert at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 6. The concert, titled “In Praise of Harmony,” features the music of Zanaida Stewart Robles, Regar, Bruckner and Rheinberger. Gabriel Crouch, Gallicantus’s founder, conducts.

See the residency schedule below for additional information.

About Gallicantus

Literally meaning "rooster song" or "cock crow," Gallicantus was a name used in monastic antiquity for the office held just before dawn, which celebrated the renewal of life and offered a sense of gratitude and optimism for the coming day. The membership of the group shares a wealth of experience in consort singing, and is bound by a belief in the rhetorical power of great Renaissance music.

Under the direction of Gabriel Crouch, Gallicantus creates performances and recordings that explore narratives and draw out unifying themes within their apparently diverse repertoire. Gallicantus has performed in many significant venues and festivals in the UK (Wigmore Hall, Spitalfields Festival, York Early Music Festival, Temple Winter Music Festival), as well as Germany, Austria (Trigonale Festival), Poland (Wroclaw Festival), Italy, and the low countries (Utrecht Early Music Festival). In the USA the group holds regular residencies at Princeton and Yale Universities, and in 2017 made its Carnegie Hall debut in New York. Adrian Horsewood of Early Music Today has declared, "Everything Gallicantus touches seems to turn to gold." Learn more about the group on their website.

Residency Schedule of Public Events

CCM Chamber Choir. Photo/ Mark Lyons.

CCM Chamber Choir. Photo/ Mark Lyons.

3 p.m. Sunday, March 3
• Choral Series •
THE WORD UNSPOKEN
Featuring guest ensemble Gallicantus and CCM Professional Choral Singing Fellows 
CCM welcomes Gallicantus for its first visit to Cincinnati, where the ensemble will spend a weeklong residency with students. Featuring the music of William Byrd, “The Word Unspoken” is a reference to Byrd's  Catholicism, which he kept hidden due to the politics of Tudor England. Dedicated to renaissance music and directed by Gabriel Crouch, Gallicantus was nominated for a GRAMMY award in 2014 and has an impressive catalog of highly praised recordings. 
Estimated run time: 90 minutes 
Location: Cathedral Basilica of St. Peter in Chains, 325 W 8th St. Cincinnati, Ohio 45202 
Tickets: Tickets available through the Cathedral Basilica of St. Peter in Chains: $40 adult, $20 student at the door with student ID; visit website for details.


10:10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, March 4
• Choral Series •
GALLICANTUS RESIDENCY PUBLIC LECTURES AND WORKSHOPS 
CCM welcomes Gallicantus for its first visit to Cincinnati, where the ensemble will spend a weeklong residency with students. The following events are open to the public on March 4:

  • 10:10-11:10 a.m.: Building a Singing Career
  • 12:20-1:45 p.m.: The Art of Listening
  • 2:30-4 p.m.: CCM Chamber Choir Open Rehearsal with Gabriel Crouch

Location: Dieterle Vocal Arts Center Rooms 100 and 300
Admission: FREE


9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday, March 5
• Choral Series •
GALLICANTUS RESIDENCY PUBLIC LECTURES AND WORKSHOPS 
CCM welcomes Gallicantus for its first visit to Cincinnati, where the ensemble will spend a weeklong residency with students. The following events are open to the public on March 5:

  • 9-10:30 a.m.: William Byrd and His World
  • 11:15 a.m.-12:10 p.m.: The Ensemble Experience
  • 2-4 p.m.: Navigating the Performance Business with Gallicantus and Christie Starrett

Location: Dieterle Vocal Arts Center Rooms 100 and 300
Admission: FREE


10 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, March 6
• Choral Series •
GALLICANTUS RESIDENCY PUBLIC LECTURES AND WORKSHOPS 
CCM welcomes Gallicantus for its first visit to Cincinnati, where the ensemble will spend a weeklong residency with students. The following events are open to the public on March 6:

  • 10 a.m.-1 p.m.: Making Renaissance Music Come Alive: Building vivid interpretations from ancient scores with Gallicantus and CCM students, including the CCM Chamber Singers.

Location: Dieterle Vocal Arts Center Rooms 100 and 300
Admission: FREE


7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 6 
• Choral Series • 
IN PRAISE OF HARMONY 
CCM Chamber Choir and CCM Chorale 
Joe Miller and Brett Scott, music directors and conductors 
Gabriel Crouch, guest conductor 
The CCM Chamber Choir and Chorale will bring the music of Zanaida Stewart Robles, Regar, Bruckner and Rheinberger to life, allowing you to immerse yourself in the magical acoustic of the Cathedral Basilica of St. Peter in Chains. 
Estimated run time: 1 hour and 15 minutes 
Location: Cathedral Basilica of St. Peter in Chains, 325 W 8th St. Cincinnati, Ohio 45202 
Admission: FREE


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Lucy Evans

CCM Graduate Assistant, Marketing + Communications

Lucy Evans is an artist diploma student studying Opera-Vocal Performance at CCM. She is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music, and was recently an Apprentice Artist with the Santa Fe Opera.


Featured image at the top: A portrait of the vocal ensemble Gallicantus. Photo/provided

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