The musicians of Collectio Musicorum will present a concert on Friday, May 18th at 8 PM at Christ and St. Stephen's Church on West 69th Street.  Also entitled "Dufay and Friends," it will contain some of the same music performed on the recent Staten Island concert, but will also include additional works, such as pieces by Pierre Fontaine, Robert Morton, and the sole surviving work by the elusive Magister Gulielmus.  Admission is free.

Collectio Musicorum is a participant in an upcoming exciting concert -- Dufay and Friends - Music from the Renaissance and Beyond.  It is a concert in memory of Dr. Ronald Cross, former professor of music at Wagner College and founder of that school's Collegium Musicum.  It will feature the musicians of Collectio Musicorum performing music by Dufay and Binchois.  Then, the chamber singers of Wagner College, under the direction of Dr. Roger Wesby, will sing a variety of pieces from all time periods.  After this, these groups will be joined by friends and alumni of Dr. Cross in a variety of pieces from the Renaissance.  It will conclude with some works by Josquin -- Dr. Cross' favorite composer.

The concert takes place at Eltingville Lutheran Church on Staten Island.  It is located at 300 Genesee Avenue, within walking distance of the Eltingville train station.  The concert is free and starts at 7 PM.  For further information, or to participate, call 917 796 6112.

The Dream of the Rood

Collectio Musicorum, in conjunction with The American Theatre of Actors, is presenting a theatrical version of the medieval poem The Dream of the Rood.  It will run for ten performances from March 21st through April 1st.

Composed in the 8th Century, the poem tells the story of the crucifixion from the point of view of the cross.  It is the first dream poem in English literature.

The production features medieval English music, including Sarum chant from the 11th century.

For more details, see the show's website -- Dream of the Rood

You may support this show's entry in the Innovative Theatre Awards, by voting for it.  Follow this link:  Innovative Theatre Awards--vote for this show

Collectio Musicorum presents a free concert in memory of Dr. Ronald Cross and Dr. Arnold Rosner

The Festival Chorus of Collectio Musicorum (“Collection of Music”) is presenting a concert on Friday, October 20th, in memory of two Wagner College music professors.

Collectio Musicorum presents concerts of music you will not hear elsewhere.  Founded in 2013 by musicologist Jeff S. Dailey, Collectio Musicorum is devoted to giving the best possible performances of music from the earliest of times
The concert will focus on music by Mattheus Pipelare (c. 1450-1515), a composer active in the Low Countries during the great flowering of Franco-Netherlandish music.  He lived and worked in Louvain, Antwerp and ‘s-Hertogenbosch, and, unlike many of his contemporaries, seems never to have left to study in either France or Italy.  A master of polyphony, his surviving music consists mainly of sacred works, and the Festival Chorus of Collectio Musicorum will present several of these works, including his magisterial Missa de Feria and Magnificat, at a free concert on Friday, October 20th at Christ and St. Stephen’s Church, 122 West 69th St, New York, NY 10023 at 8 PM.  Also on the program are keyboard intabulations of works by Pipelare, performed by the organist James Wetzel.   

This concert is a tribute to the memory of Dr. Ronald Cross (1929-2013), whose work as a musicologist brought the compositions of Pipelare to light and life.  Dr. Cross was also a composer, and several of his organ works will be heard at the concert, along with music by his colleague, Dr. Arnold Rosner (1945-2013), a composer inspired by Renaissance polyphony.  In addition to choral music by Dr. Rosner, the concert will feature his “Wedding March,” which Dr. Cross performed at Dr. Rosner’s wedding at the United Nations Chapel.

Other works by composers associated with Dr. Cross will also appear on the program.   Dr. Cross was a great admirer of Richard Wagner’s music, and he developed and taught a class on Wagner’s operas at Wagner College.  The concert will feature two choruses from Wagner’s early opera Rienzi, with James Wetzel performing the organ part.

Although Dr. Cross was not known as a performer of the music of Arthur Sullivan, he was very supportive of Dr. Dailey’s scholarship in that area, and wrote one of the evaluations of the latter’s study of the opera Ivanhoe which led to its publication.  Dr. Dailey will conduct two pieces by Sullivan on the program—the anthem “I Will Sing of Thy Power,” with Nathaniel Adams as the tenor soloist, and the original version of the madrigal, “When Love and Beauty” from his early opera The Sapphire Necklace.  Although Sullivan wrote this opera early in his career, it was never performed.  One of only two selections from the score that was ever published, the version of the madrigal which went on the market two years before the composer died was abridged and simplified.  This concert will present the composer’s original intentions.

Christ and St. Stephen’s Church is accessible to the 72nd Street stations of the 1, 2, 3, B, and C trains.  For further travel information, go to

Collectio Musicorum is a tax-exempt 501(c)3 corporation.  For more details, go to

This concert is part of the
an Early Music Foundation Service Project

For a listing of the other Celebration Events, go to:

On September 15th, we present Sounds of the Reformation, in tribute to the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.

On October 20th, we present Primarily Pipelare, featuring music by Mattheus Pipelare, a contemporary of Josquin.  This concert is part of the Early Music Foundation's celebration of Franco-Netherlandish music.

Details may be found on this website's Announcements page.

Richard Wagner was a big fan of the Middle Ages.  Almost all of his operas are based on medieval legends or history.  He wrote operas about two medieval composers--Tannhäuser and Hans Sachs--and referred to others in his works.

On Friday, May 5th, the musicians of Collectio Musicorum will present a concert of music associated with Wagner's operas.  You will hear music by Tannhäuser, Wolfram von Eschenbach, Walther von der Vogelweide, Hans Sachs, and others. We will perform the original Flying Dutchman ballad and the ballad that gave Wagner the idea for an opera on the Tannhäuser legend, as well as music from the time of Rienzi and pieces from the monastery that inspired Parsifal.  

The concert will be held at Christ and St. Stephen's Church,  122 W 69th St, New York, NY 10023, at 8 PM.  Admission is free. 

We will repeat the program at a free fringe concert at the Boston Early Music Festival on Friday, June 16th, at noon.  It will take place at the Goethe-Institut Boston, 170 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02116.

Celebrating Shakespeare

Music from Shakespeare’s Time
Commemorating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, Collectio Musicorum is presenting a concert featuring music from his plays and from his time.  Included will be works by Thomas Morley, Robert Johnson, and Nicholas Lanier.  Admission is free.
Christ and St. Stephen’s Church, 120 West 69th Street, New York, NY 10023
Friday, October 21, 2016 at 8 PM

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