Department of Music

Performance Listing

UCM IV: New York Polyphony - 8:00 pm, Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - St. Mary's Catholic Church

Co-presented by the Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech, New York Polyphony is establishing a reputation as one of the world’s finest vocal ensembles. Praised for a “rich, natural sound that’s larger and more complex than the sum of its parts” (National Public Radio), the four men of NYP deliver dynamic performances in a wide range of styles. The quartet applies not only refined musicianship and interpretive detail but also a uniquely modern sensibility to its varied repertoire, which ranges from austere medieval melodies to cutting-edge contemporary works. NEW YORK POLYPHONY is: Geoffrey Williams, countertenor, Steven Caldicott Wilson, tenor, Christopher Dylan Herbert, baritone, and Craig Phillips, bass. Express Cincinnati quotes, "The kind of sound that makes you hold your breath so you don't miss a thing...." Furtive passion is the common thread for this concert, featuring music written for hidden chapels and discreet locations. The program will include William Byrd’s exquisite “Mass for Four Voices”; the sensuous texts of the Song of Songs, an anthology of Hebrew love poems by Renaissance composers; and contemporary works by Grayston Ives (b. 1948). Tickets are $30 General | $24 Faculty/Staff or Seniors | $10 Students and youth under 18 yrs. old.  Tickets are available at the Student Centers and Activities Office and at the performance hall door one hour prior to the performance on a seats-available basis. For more information contact the Student Centers and Activities Ticket Office at 540.231.5615 or go to All sales final and refunds cannot be issued.  Listen to New York Polyphony.