Hampton directs the 16-voice, early music chorus, Tactus, as it begins its fourth season and its first with Hampton conducting. Music of d’India, Victoria, and Hassler represent renewal as depicted at the start of high masses. More sacred text, enlivening aspects of the Christian faith, as so much 16th Century music does, is brought to our ears through polyphony by Porta, Morales, and Pinarol. Additional biblical allegory, particularly of the ascension, is brought to life through compositions by Praetorious, Isaac, Handl-Gallus, and Tye, spanning the major European countries contributing to the canon of Renaissance masterpieces.
Director's Welcome MessageI’m thrilled to lead Tactus into a new era as we enter our fourth season! As a veteran educator and Early Music practitioner, it brings me great pleasure to be at the helm of this evolving ensemble at an exciting time of development. We are strengthening our internal organizational structure, public presence, and artistic pursuits. While we look to historically informed performance practices, we will continue sharing our music in accessible and inventive ways. The singers and audience will experience new venues and repertoire, from Medieval chant echoing through the clerestory of cathedrals to early-Baroque polyphony streaming throughout the digital stratosphere. We look forward to new recordings and global travels to carry on the legacy of centuries-old artistry. As we work to refine our technique, we enter the fall with music for new renewal. As we continue to reach for ever-higher levels of excellence, we delve into the winter with music for strengthening the soul. As we come into the warmth of the summer, we sing music for the passionate heart. This is an ambitious ensemble of skilled, dedicated, classical musicians, friends, and family. This is Tactus.
-- Jonathon Hampton
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