Meet Owen Rees’s ensemble Contrapunctus


Meet upcoming guest conductor Owen Rees’s ensemble Contrapunctus:

Coupling powerful interpretations with path-breaking scholarship, Contrapunctus presents music by the best known composers as well as unfamiliar masterpieces. Contrapunctus grew from the vocal ensemble A Capella Portuguesa, in recognition of the group’s broadening repertoire, and its dedication to the music of composers from various nations including England, the Low Countries, Spain, Portugal and Germany, particularly in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The scholarly facet of the group’s work – including the discovery of long-lost music and reconstructions of original performing contexts – allows audiences to experience the first performances of many works in modern times. Contrapunctus is Vocal Consort in Residence at the University of Oxford.

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Contrapunctus founder/director Owen Rees is both a performer and a scholar, specializing in Renaissance and Baroque works, especially those from Spain and Portugal.

Dr. Rees will conduct Cappella Romana in the Renaissance Easter in Spain and Portugal program. Get your tickets today!

8pm, Friday, April 12, St. Mary’s Cathedral

8pm, Saturday, April 13, Holy Rosary Church – West Seattle

Free pre-performance talks one hour prior to each performance

  • This is a great ensemble! I heard them last year at Évora Cathedral, singing the Cardoso’s Missa Paradisi Portas and other works by composers “discovered” by Owen. A minor correction: the image in the post corresponds to Owen’s other ensemble the “A Capella Portuguesa” (the photo was taken at Colégio do Espírito Santo – now the main building of University of Évora – main cloister), which has recorded several discs with Portuguese polyphony, mainly from the Monastery of Santa Cruz, Coimbra.

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