The 40th anniversary concert of Westminster’s Organ Concert Series features Zephyrus Early Music Vocal Ensemble, directed by Megan Sharp and organist Jonathan Schakel. This special anniversary concert, “Lutheran Choral Vespers” will include music by Praetorius, Scheidemann & Scheidt.
In prosperous North Germany during the Renaissance, afternoon vespers in Lutheran churches were occasions for lavish musical productions featuring choir and organ. In this concert, Zephyrus performs some of the finest 17th-century music written for vespers, with chants from Franz Eler’s Cantica sacra, elaborate choral works by Schütz and Praetorius, and organ music by Scheidemann and Scheidt.
Zephyrus is a non-profit vocal ensemble based in Charlottesville, that is dedicated to the performance of music from the medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, and modern eras.