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Sat, Nov 11



A Rose Without Thorns

An exploration of music from medieval England that celebrates the Annunciation

A Rose Without Thorns
A Rose Without Thorns

Time & Location

Nov 11, 2023, 7:30 PM

Rochester, Nazareth University of Rochester, Golisano Academic Center, 4245 East Ave, Rochester, NY 14618, USA

About the Event

Also known as “Lady Day,” the Feast of the Annunciation was so important to medieval England that it marked the beginning of the English new year until 1752. It truly is THE beginning of beginnings; it is the moment that the angel Gabriel announces to the Virgin Mary that she is to bear Jesus.

Music to celebrate this momentous occasion was sung all year round, but particularly on the Feast of the Annunciation on March 25th (9 months before Christmas, naturally), and during Advent as well. In addition to chant and motets that you would also hear on the rest of the European continent, in England you would also hear carols with the sweet, melodious sounds of fauxbourdon—a style of harmony that privileges 3rds and 6ths over other intervals and is the hallmark of the “Contenance angloise.”

This concert is part of the Rochester Early Music Festival and takes place in Linehan Chapel on Nazareth University campus.

The concert is FREE; there will be a collection plate for donations.

There will be a live-stream and the link will be posted once it is available.


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