The Orlando Consort

The Ambassadors, Hans Holbein the Younger (c.1497–1543). National Gallery, London.

The Ambassadors
October 28, 2018 | Sunday 3:00 p.m.
Grace St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 2331 E. Adams St., Tucson, Arizona

Diplomacy and intrigue, chivalry and war, beauty and decay, artistry and invention—such was the life of a European ambassador 500 years ago. Through surviving journals and letters from a complex web of career diplomats, the opulence and tortured machinations of Renaissance court life is brought to vivid life in this program of words and music from Burgundy, Italy, Spain, and England. Behind the elegant love songs and grand ceremonial motets lies an untold tale of the secret world of the diplomat.

The Orlando Consort has an international reputation in the performance of medieval and renaissance vocal music and, through the group’s imaginative programming, also embraces jazz, film, and world music. Their work successfully combines captivating entertainment and fresh scholarly insight; the unique imagination and originality of their programming together with their superb vocal skills have made the Consort an outstanding leader in its field.