Collegium Musicum concert explores Virgin Mary theme

The Kansas University Collegium Musicum will present a concert titled "Music for the Blessed Virgin Mary" at 7:30 p.m. April 13 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 1234 Ky.

The Collegium Musicum, with a choir of 16 voices and an instrumental ensemble including recorders, viols, Baroque violins, Baroque cello, harp and harpsichord, performs music of the Middle Ages, Renaissance and Baroque periods.

The Vocal Collegium Musicum is directed by John Paul Johnson, director of choral activities at KU, and the Instrumental Collegium Musicum is directed by Paul Laird, associate professor of musicology.

As a major figure of grace in the Roman Catholic Church, the Virgin Mary through the centuries has been the subject of many musical compositions. This concert will include works written between the late 14th century and late 17th century. The Collegium Musicum will perform all 10 pieces from the "Llibre Vermell," a collection of anonymous medieval pieces written in honor of an image of the Virgin Mary at Montserrat, Spain, a major place of pilgrimage on the Iberian Peninsula.

Much of the rest of the repertoire for the performance will be drawn from the "Vespers of 1610" by Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643), a large collection of music also dedicated to Mary by one of the finest composers of the early Baroque period.

The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call Laird at 864-9716.

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