On Sunday, October 22, at 5:30 p.m., Museum Concerts opens its 51st season at the RISD Museum Grand Gallery. This gala concert features the French vocal ensemble Diabolus in Musica. Led by artistic director Antoine Guerber, the sextet is composed of tenors Raphaël Boulay and Olivier Germond, baritones Romain Bockler and Igor Bouin, and bass-baritones Emmanuel Vistorky and Philippe Roche.
The concert explores 14th-century chapel music that was performed in Avignon in southeastern France, the city that became the residence of popes during their exile from Rome. Avignon’s wealth, splendor, and places of power attracted kings, princes, and the greatest artists of the century. Within the Curia, the papal chapel was an institution that gathered the best singers and composers of the Western world. The talents of these “cantores” flowered into a Mass of a new kind, the polyphonic mass, and in the Motet, an extraordinary experimental form, leading to the resounding triumph of polyphony and the audacious stylistic novelties of Ars Nova.
This program is a journey among the great manuscripts born in the Avignon sphere and includes many works that have not been sung since the 14th century, interpreted in a manner very close to that of the Avignon papal chapel: six male voices, a cappella.
General admission for this concert at RISD is $40 for individuals, $25 for students and low-income. We encourage advance ticket purchases as seating is limited. The entrance is at 224 Benefit Street, Providence, RI.
Please note: The following three chamber concerts in Museum Concerts’ 51st season take place on Sunday afternoons at 3:30 p.m. in the First Unitarian Church at the corner of Benefit and Benevolent Streets. Ticket prices for these concerts are $25 for general admission, $8 for students and low-income. Subscriptions are still available. For more information about the season and to print out an order form, go to www.museumconcerts.org.