William Byrd Festival
Sunday, August 27, 2017
Multiple venues Portland, OR
"Two of England's most accomplished Renaissance music experts, Mark Williams and Jeremy Summerly, lead this annual celebration of William Byrd’s music. The Aug. 11 opening concert at The Old Church features some of the great sacred Renaissance music composer's secular songs, performed by some of the city's top early music soloists.
On Aug. 27, the festival's closing 20th anniversary concert features Byrd's sacred music, sung by the great Portland choir Cantores in Ecclesia (which sponsors it each year). The festival also includes an organ recital, six liturgical services and three public lectures, most happening at Holy Rosary Church in Northeast Portland." – Oregon Arts Watch
English conductor and organist Mark Williams, along with his Oxford colleague Jeremy Summerly, will return to Portland this summer to direct the award-winning choir Cantores in Ecclesia in a three-week festival of musical masterpieces by the great Renaissance composer William Byrd. This celebration of the twentieth Annual William Byrd Festival will include two concerts, an organ recital, six liturgical services and three public lectures. This year's programming will be dedicated exclusively to Byrd's own music, showcasing a wide variety of works audiences have come to know and love over the past two decades. The opening concert, Music's Lore: Secular Songs by William Byrd, featuring a small group of distinguished soloists, will take place on Friday, August 11 at 7:30 p.m. at the Old Church in downtown Portland. The gala Twentieth Anniversary Concert, including the famous Sing Joyfully and many other memorable works by Byrd, will be held as a Sunday matinee at 4 p.m. onAugust 27 at St. Philip Neri Church. Most of the festival events will take place at Holy Rosary Church in Northeast Portland. Please note there is a change in venues and times from last year. The full program is available online at www.byrdfestival.org.