Christmas with Madrigalia

Sun, 12/21/2008 - 1:00pm

Madrigalia Music Director Roger Wilhelm

In Christmas with Madrigalia, airing Sunday, December 21 at 1 p.m. and repeating Monday, December 22 at 8 p.m. on Classical 91.5/90.3/HD 91.5-1, Rochester’s premiere chamber choir performs Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s Midnight Mass for Christmas Eve, with Quartsemble. Roger Wilhelm directs.

Founded in 1975, Madrigalia has built an extensive repertoire encompassing traditional and contemporary styles of secular and sacred choral literature from the Renaissance through the twenty-first century. The eighteen-member ensemble uses choral music as a powerful tool to communicate humor, sorrow, prayer, meditation, celebration and remembrance.

Founded in 2002 by Karine Stone and Diego Garcia, Quartsemble is an innovative chamber music ensemble based in Rochester, New York and dedicated to performing classical masterpieces side by side with Latin music and more contemporary repertoire. While Quartsemble has a string quintet as its nucleus, the group has much more flexibility than a traditional chamber music group. Quartsemble frequently expands to incorporate winds, piano, vocalists, narrators, and choirs.