The Syracuse Vocal Ensemble, for which Robert Cowles of the Music department is artistic director, will present a concert at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23 at St. Stephen’s Church, 48 Pulteney St.
Tickets for “The Mastery and Mystery of Carlo Gesualdo” are $12 general admission, $10 for students and senior citizens, and $5 for HWS students with ID.
Don Carlo Gesualdo, Prince of Venosa (c. 1561-1613), is one of the more enigmatic figures in the history of Western music. A body of arrestingly beautiful choral music remains — the enduring artifact from the mind of this mentally disturbed man. Many have argued that his emotional instability gave way to a highly adventuresome, unpredictable, even erratic musical style.
The Ensemble will also present sacred works by Hans Leo Hassler and Hildegard von Bingen; the Frogworks Viol Consort will appear on the program as well. The concert will be repeated at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24 at Assumption Church, 812 N. Salina St., Syracuse.