Price: $18 in advance at www.amusesingers.org; $25 at the door/$20 students and seniors
Amuse Singers, led by music director Phillip Cheah presents “Martyrs, Mystics, and Saints”. As an ensemble of women dedicated to performing music written for women’s voices, Amuse Singers is proud to join the country in celebrating the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment guaranteeing and protecting women’s constitutional right to vote. This first program, in a trio of programs for the 2019-20 season, is devoted to this topic, and has as its centerpiece the Heitor Villa-Lobos Missa São Sebastião, a composition named for the early Christian martyr and patron saint of Rio de Janeiro, Sebastian. The concept of martyrdom-before religious systems laid claim to the concept- was often applied in secular situations to individuals exhibiting qualities of heroism, opposition, courage, risk and commitment. Surely the women working towards the passage of the 19th Amendment exhibited those very qualities. This 20th century work takes as its model the polyphony of Palestrina and Victoria with its modal inflections and austere simplicity. This sublime Mass is juxtaposed with Renaissance motets and plainsong propers for the Mass for Martyrs.