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Palestrina Masterpieces
for the Virgin Mary

Glorious Renaissance polyphony at its finest

Sunday, September 8, 3:00 p.m., St. Bernadette Church

70 University Blvd. East, Silver Spring, MD (just off the Beltway, free parking)

Palestrina  Missa Assumpta est Maria, Alma Redemptoris Mater

Assumpta est Maria á 5 and á 6, Ave Maria


​Josquin  Ave Maria . . . Virgo serena        Guerrero  Ave Virgo sanctissima

*  Palestrina's magnificent Missa Assumpta est Maria, universally regarded as

    one of his finest and most beautiful Masses, is based on his brilliant six-part

    motet Assumpta est Maria.  Both were written for celebrations of the

    climactic Marian Feast of the Assumption at St. Peter's in Rome.


 The program also includes three other Palestrina masterpieces for the Virgin

    Mary, the Assumpta est Maria and Ave Maria from his great collection of

    Offertoria, and his beloved four-part setting of the Marian Antiphon Alma

    Redemptoris Mater, plus famous Marian motets by Josquin and Guerrero.

*  Chantry also sings this music for a special Latin Mass in the Extraordinary

    Form at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 15, at St. Mary Mother of God, 727

    Fifth St. NW in Washington, DC, for the climactic Marian feast, the Feast of

    the Assumption.