New York Polyphony
New York Polyphony
Faith and Reason

Mondavi Center Presenting Program

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Dignified or passionate, hushed or exultant, they perform everything with an expressive intensity that commands attention.


Question and Answer Session
Vanderhoef Studio Theatre
Rick Grosberg, Professor of Evolutionary Ecology and Director of the Coastal & Marine Sciences Institute, Department of Evolution & Ecology, College of Biological Sciences, UC Davis

Fast-rising stars on the classical music scene, the male vocal quartet New York Polyphony garnered praise for a “rich, natural sound that’s larger and more complex than the sum of its parts” (National Public Radio). They make their Mondavi Center debut with Faith and Reason, a program of ancient and modern a capella works. The centerpiece is the Missa Charles Darwin, a daring new work composed by Gregory Brown in cooperation with New York Polyphony. The work is a modern mass setting that replaces the standard sacred texts with excerpts from Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species and Descent of Man. The vocal ensemble’s refined musicianship and interpretive detail will be on full display as they add a reflective and modern touch to a program that ranges from austere medieval melodies to cutting-edge contemporary works.

Event Info

When >

Sat • Nov 2, 2013 • 8PM
Sun • Nov 3, 2013 • 2PM

Seating >

Vanderhoef Studio Theatre

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