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

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

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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.

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