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Canonici offers early music workshop, free concert at Christ Episcopal

Tacoma vocal ensemble Canonici will give a free recital this week at Christ Episcopal as part of an early music workshop.
Tacoma vocal ensemble Canonici will give a free recital this week at Christ Episcopal as part of an early music workshop. Courtesy

The bare, resonant walls of Tacoma’s Christ Episcopal Church will ring with the lush polyphony of 16th-century Spain this weekend as professional early music vocal group Canonici both leads a workshop and offers a free public concert. It’s the first year for the Tacoma Early Music Workshop, led by Canonici director Anne Lyman, which also includes two late-evening compline services in the Anglican choral tradition.

“Hispania: Music from 16th-century Spain and Portugal” is a collaborative concert by the four singers of Canonici (Anne Lyman, Rebekah Gilmore, Joshua Habermann and Mark Davies) together with the 20 participants in the four-day workshop. It includes sacred music by Spanish and Portuguese Renaissance composers such as Cristobal de Morales, Francisco Guerrero and Tomas Luis de Victoria, whose music flows hauntingly in and out of intertwining vocal lines.

A professional ensemble founded in 2010, Canonici performs regularly around Puget Sound.

IF YOU GO

What: “Hispania: Music from 16th-century Spain and Portugal.”

Who: Canonici and the Tacoma Early Music Workshop.

When: 7 p.m. Saturday.

Where: Christ Episcopal Church, 310 N. K St., Tacoma.

Cost: Free.

Also: Choral Anglican-style compline services 9 p.m. Thursday (Aug. 20) and Friday (Aug. 21), free.

Information: 253-383-1569, ccptacoma.org, canonici.org.

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