The male vocal ensemble, New York Polyphony, will return to Falmouth on February 1 with a performance titled, "Two Sides of Love." The event, part of the MBL Falmouth Forum series, will be held at 7:30 PM in the MBL's Lillie Auditorium located at 7 MBL Street in Woods Hole. The performance is sponsored by the MBL Associates and is free and open to the public.
The ensemble's program will begin with a collection of Latin polyphonic settings of "The Song of Songs," followed after intermission by a series of madrigals from Italy, France, and England, including work by Henry Purcell and Thomas Morley.
New York Polyphony is new on the classical music scene. Praised for a "rich, natural sound that's larger and more complex than the sum of its parts" by National Public Radio, the all-male quartet is recognized as one of the finest vocal ensembles active today. The men apply a modern touch to a repertoire that ranges from rediscovered medieval melodies to contemporary works.
Since its founding in 2006, New York Polyphony has participated in major concert series and festivals throughout North America and Europe, including Miller Theatre at Columbia University; Dallas Chamber Music Series; Ireland's Ardee Baroque Festival; Denmark's Vendsyssel Festival; Festival de Música de Morelia, Mexico; and Choral at Cadogan Hall in London.
They have been featured on Footprints to Paradise: A Medieval Christmas for Public Radio International, New Classical Tracks for Minnesota Public Radio, and Performance Today for National Public Radio. In December 2011, New York Polyphony made their television debut on The Martha Stewart Show.
An optional buffet dinner will precede the Falmouth Forum lecture at 6 PM at the MBL's Swope Center at 5 North Street in Woods Hole. Tickets are $30 and must be purchased in advance at the MBL Communications Office between 1 and 5 PM only at 127 Water Street or at Eight Cousins Children's Books on Main Street in Falmouth.
Dinner tickets are available until they sell out or until 5 PM on the Tuesday, January 29. For more information, contact the MBL Communications Office at (508) 289-7423 or firstname.lastname@example.org.