A Free Florence Performance by the Tallis Scholars

Tuesday, July 11: TALLIS SCHOLARS IN CONCERT. Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral, piazza del Duomo. 9:15 pm. Free admission (booking recommended; see below for details).

A legendary group of English voices, known as the Tallis Scholars, will make a guest appearance this Wednesday at the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. Conducted by group founder Peter Phillips, the Scholars will pay a double homage to Heinrich Isaac, the Renaissance composer and singer who performed in Florence’s Baptistery, and to Claudio Monteverdi, a celebrated chaplain master of the San Marco Basilica in Venice.

In order to recognize the achievements of both men, the Tallis Scholars will bring listeners on a musical journey through the historical relationship between Florence and Venice. The program will be completed by the interpretation of two pieces of sacred music, Ave Maria and Jubilate Deo, which were written by Santa Maria del Fiore chapel master Marco da Gagliano in the seventeenth century.

The Tallis Scholars are renowned singers who hold concerts in major music centers worldwide. Among the events that the group has been featured in, it is worth mentioning that the Tallis Scholars performed at the inauguration of the restoration of Michelangelo’s frescoes in the Sistine Chapel.

This event is being conducted as part of the Sacred Music in Florence concert series O Flos Colende. Founded in 1997 to celebrate the 700th anniversary of the laying of the first cornerstone of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, the concert series aims to educate the public about Florence’s musical heritage.

To be able to listen to this upcoming performance by this revered group of singers, reservations are recommended. Please call 055 2302885 or email eventi@operaduomo.firenze.it for additional information.  (margaux glovier)