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Spem in Alium

Local early music choirs WAVE, Gallimaufry, and Tactus form the core of three community-driven pop-up performances of Thomas Tallis’ frequently-cited, but rarely-performed 40-part “Spem in Alium,” which had its 450th birthday this year. This ambitious composition will first be performed on Thursday, June 11 at 2:30 p.m. in front of First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley. It will be performed twice more on Saturday, June 13, 20 minutes before the 4:00 p.m. (Rachel Podger, St. Mark’s) and 7:00 p.m. (Sollazzo Ensemble, First Congregational) main stage concerts.

Thomas Tallis

If you are interested in participating, please fill out this Doodle form and directors Phoebe Rosquist and Shira Kammen will be in touch to assign parts. Singers are expected to come to rehearsal with notes learned.

While there are rehearsals beforehand, those who show up with their own score will be lost in the fray and likely never get caught.