Quintet Finds Timeless Lessons in Early Music

The Dallas Pro Musica, a vocal quintet based at UT Dallas, will perform The Meaning of Life, a program of early European music, on campus Friday, Sept. 9.

In line with the theme, the concert will feature “What is Our Life” by Orlando Gibbons and “What is Life” by William Byrd as well as other Medieval and Renaissance compositions. Major works by composers Morley, Monteverdi, Gesualdo, Weelkes and Landini are on the bill.

On the Concert

Kathryn Evans discusses the concert in the September edition of Arts and Culture DFW magazine. (pdf file)

The Dallas Pro Musica consists of Kathryn Evans, soprano; Mary Medrick, mezzo-soprano; Michael Austin, countertenor; Hoyt Neal, tenor; and Michael Borts, bass. The group is dedicated to the re-creation and realization of vocal music from the Medieval, Renaissance and Early Baroque periods.

The Meaning of Life and its themes of love, pleasure, pain and sorrow are universal – whether you live in the 14th century or the 21st.  The concert will include comments by the performers about the music, the composers and the texts,” said Kathryn Evans, head of vocal and choral music at UT Dallas.

The performance will be in Jonsson Performance Hall at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9. Admission is free to UT Dallas Students with UT Dallas Photo ID at the venue box office the night of the event. Discounts are available to faculty, staff, alumni, retirees and students. Tickets are also available online.

The Dallas Pro Musica is made up of (from left) front: Kathryn Evans, soprano; and Mary Medrick, mezzo-soprano; and (back) Hoyt Neal, tenor; Michael Austin, countertenor;  and Michael Borts, bass.

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