Museum Home Past Exhibitions Music for the Masses: Illuminated Choir Books

August 14–October 28, 2007 at the Getty Center


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From Book to Song: Chant Written and Performed in the Middle Ages
Susan Boynton, professor of music at Columbia University, illustrates the development of musical notations for Gregorian chant from the 900s onward, focusing on the relationship between notation and performance. The lecture draws on examples from the choir books on view in the exhibition; recorded examples of chants will also be played.

Free; reservations required.

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Sunday, September 16, 4:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium

Gordon Getty Concert

Inspired by the renowned chapel choirs of the Renaissance, Pomerium revives the golden age of a cappella singing. Hailed as "the standard by which early music vocal groups are measured" (New York Times), Pomerium presents two luminous concerts to complement the exhibition. Tickets $25; $20 students/seniors. Call (310) 440-7300 for tickets.

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Friday, October 19, 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, October 20, 3:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium

Curator's Gallery Talk

Christine Sciacca, assistant curator, Department of Manuscripts, the J. Paul Getty Museum, leads a gallery talk on the exhibition. Meet under the stairs in the Museum Entrance Hall.

Free; no reservations required.

Thursdays, September 6 and October 25, 1:30pm
Getty Center, Museum galleries

Initial S / Pisanello

audio Hear vocalist Daniel Plaster perform the music written in this manuscript.

Point-of-View Talk

Daniel Plaster, a Musica Angelica tenor soloist who has sung countless historic masterpieces of liturgical music and whose performances are presented on this exhibition Web site, shares his unique perspective on the exhibition.

Free; sign up at the Museum Information Desk beginning at 3:00 p.m. the day of the program. 

Friday, October 12, 4:30 and 6:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Museum galleries