Denison's Collegium Musicum Performs Mass By Spanish Renaissance Composer
Posted: February 18, 2002
Denison University's vocal ensemble for early music, the Collegium Musicum, will perform its third concert of the year at 8 p.m. on Thursday (Feb. 28) in Swasey Chapel. This group, directed by Denison faculty member Stephen Caracciolo, is a chamber choir devoted to the study and performance of Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque literature. James Clawson, a senior from Jeffersonville, is the student manager of the ensemble and Timothy Fields will accompany them on the organ.
A pre-concert lecture given by Caracciolo will open the evening at 7:45 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public.
The featured work for the evening is "Missa 'O magnum mysterium,' " a "parody" mass by Tomas Luis de Victoria, the master composer of Renaissance Spain. Victoria chose his own famous motet, "O magnum mysterium," as the model to imitate in this extended work. The Collegium performed the original motet at the Candlelight Lessons and Carols concert in December.
Also being performed is a premiere of a new work by Caracciolo, "Song of Creation," a setting (in English) of the well known liturgical poem, "Benedicite omnia opera Domini."
Caracciolo is currently on the faculty at Denison and at the Columbus Academy. A composer whose works have been published, recorded and performed throughout the United States and Europe, he has been awarded the prestigious Individual Artist's Fellowship in Composition from the Greater Columbus Arts Council. Caracciolo also is the director of the Bel Canto Singers, a chamber choir of professional singers in Columbus devoted to early music. He holds degrees from Capital University and Westminster Choir College, Princeton, N.J.
Denison University, founded in 1831, is an independent, residential liberal arts institution located in Granville, Ohio. A highly selective college enrolling 2,100 full-time undergraduate students from all 50 states and dozens of foreign countries, Denison is a place where innovative faculty and motivated students collaborate in rigorous scholarship, civic engagement and the cultivation of independent thinking.
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