The mystical numbers 7 and 3 feature prominently — from the number of singers in each movement to the overall musical structure of the composition — in Jacob Obrecht’s Missa Sub tuum praesidium, which Euouae will perform at Old First Concerts on November 18th along with motets by Josquin and 10th century Gregorian chant.
We are thrilled that Arts & Culture section of 7×7 has chosen this event as one of the top three classical concerts in San Francisco for the month of November.
Tickets are available at www.oldfirstconcerts.org.
Long before Busby Berkeley dazzled Hollywood audiences with his movie musicals, Jacob Obrecht may have created the original “production number” with his Missa Sub tuum praesidium, which begins with three solo voices and then adds an additional singer for each of the subsequent movements.
Medieval ensemble Euouae (Steven Sven Olbash, director) presents the composition in the context of the Gregorian chant on which it is based, using 10th century manuscript notation and innovative rehearsal techniques to recreate the ecstatic spontaneity of the earliest performing traditions.
Friday, November 18th at 8:00 p.m. @ Old First Concerts, San Francisco ($14-$17)