New York Polyphony Raise Their Voices in Hudson [Berkshire on Stage]
Founded in 2006, New York Polyphony has accumulated a plethora of accolades from music critics in a multitude of publications. Over the last decade, this ensemble has developed a world-class reputation for accomplished acoustical arrangements and delightful programming dedicated to a wide spectrum of choral a capella music that has a visceral impact on audiences. On their most recent sixth album, Roma Æterna, the singers – countertenor Geoffrey Williams, tenor Steven Caldicott Wilson, baritone Christopher Dylan Herbert and bass Craig Phillips – returned to the past, focusing for the first time exclusively on early music. In their upcoming concert at Hudson Hall, the newly renovated former opera house in Hudson on Saturday (October 27) at 7 pm, they will present new choral selections from the 16th century, focusing on religious and secular music from Italy, Netherlands and France.
The acoustics of this former opera house is superb and was carefully chosen to recreate a Renaissance experience. The subtle echo of these performer’s voices imparts a special emotional texture to their sophisticated harmonic blend. Each singer will offer solos to highlight their individual voice, but it is the merging of their voices that evoke a spiritual experience which is so remarkable that only a live performance can do justice to the feeling of being transported to another era.