Carduus to present program of early music at Wilson Music Series

Feb 5, 2022Arts & Culture

Carduus will perform on Sunday, Feb. 13, at 4 p.m. at the Unitarian Church, 26 Pleasant St., Newburyport, the third of four concerts in the 2022 Jean C. Wilson Music Series. Due to the continuing pandemic, the three winter concerts will be live-streamed from the church sanctuary.

“You can see it at exactly the same time as it’s occurring,” said John Mercer, member of the Jean C. Wilson Music Series, “or for a limited time after the concert. The concerts will not be pre-recorded and edited so this will be as close as we can get to the excitement and immediacy of a live concert.”

The winter series concludes on Sunday, Feb. 13, with Carduus. This Boston-based group will present a program of early music for voices featuring “Missa fortuna desperate” by Josquin des Pres, Gregorian chants, and motets.

“They will perform Josquin’s extraordinary work in the full musical context of the Mass for Septuagesima, which falls on February 13 in 2022,” Mercer said. “This will be a very intense experience.”

Carduus is led by director Holly Druckman, who also directs previous Wilson Series guest Vox Lucens.

The series will conclude this summer with the world-renowned Del Sol Quartet playing a single work, “A Dust in Time” by Huang Ruo.

Suggested donations are $20 ($10 for seniors); children and students may attend for no charge. For further information about the concerts, to become a sponsor, or to purchase tickets, go to Concertgoers will receive links to the performances and, if they wish, email reminders.

The Jean C. Wilson Music Series is named for one of the founders of the music series and its director for many years. Now, under the auspices of the First Religious Society Unitarian Universalist Church, the series typically offers three or four concerts each year during the winter months.