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About the 13th Annual Renaissance Polyphony Weekend

February 14-16, 2003

You are invited to join others interested in sacred Renaissance polyphony for a weekend singing the music of Orlando di Lasso. The occasion is the 13th annual Renaissance Polyphony Weekend at the University of Dallas, led by Dr. William Mahrt of Stanford University. The singer's retreat will conclude with a celebrated Latin Mass Sunday, February 16, exact time and place to be announced.

Participants will learn Orlando di Lasso's Missa Laudate Dominum, which will provide the ordinary of the Latin Mass. The retreat choir will also prepare some Gregorian chants and a variety of motets to be sung within the Mass.

Retreat sessions begin Friday, February 14 on the University of Dallas campus; they will continue Saturday morning and afternoon. So that voices do not become fatigued, breaks and/or discussions of the music will occur during rehearsals.

After a Sunday morning rehearsal (for those with no church music commitments) and a Sunday afternoon rehearsal/warmup at UD, retreat participants will sing the Mass.

All music will be rehearsed and performed a capella. Participants need not be professional singers, but should be proficient readers with a good sense of pitch.

We will follow the Saturday afternoon rehearsal with wine and cheese for all participants.

The weekend retreat is sponsored by the University of Dallas Music Department, Dallas Renaissance and Medieval Music, the Texas Toot, and the Renaissance Polyphony Project.

You may register online, but we must receive your deposit check by postal mail to complete your registration.

For further information, call Susan Barton at 214/327-6823 or email to Please share this information with other interested singers.

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