Performance of Prof. Jay White and Armonia Nova Praised in Washington Post

Performance of Prof. Jay White and Armonia Nova Praised in Washington Post

June 30, 2010

Jay White 001 Email.jpgJune 30, 2010, Greencastle, Ind. — "Allison Mondel's ethereal soprano, Marjorie Bunday's warm and pure-toned mezzo, and Jay White's alternation of supple tenor and focused countertenor (shifting registers as individual pieces required), blended beautifully in a recital of songs from roughly 1200 through the late 1400s," opines a Washington Post review of a Friday performance by Armonia Nova in Washington, D.C.  Jay White, a member of the ensemble, is an assistant professor in the  DePauw University School of Music.

"The program -- which interspersed works by well-known composers like the 14th-century Guillaume de Machaut and the 15th-century Guillaume Dufay with music by their contemporaries and chivalric songs by their 13th-century forebears -- found a welcome variety of tone and texture," writes the Post's Joe Banno. "In an anonymous duet, Dites, seignor, White and [soprano Jacqueline] Horner-Kwiatek created an operatic level of engagement (in a piece written 300 years before opera was invented), as did Mondel in a rendition of another score of unknown origin, S'on me regarde, that exuded erotic longing and fear of discovery."

The full review -- "Armonia Nova's arresting washington post.gifconcert of early music at St. Mark's, Capitol Hill" -- can be found at the newspaper's Web site.

Armonia Nova performed at DePauw on March 13, 2010.

Learn more about Jay White in this previous story.

Source: Washington Post