Suspicious Cheese Lords
The Suspicious Cheese Lords broaden the global repertoire and listenership of choral music by unearthing forgotten works, breathing new life into familiar pieces, and supporting emerging composers. Specializing in early music, this unique brotherhood's concerts, liturgies, recordings, and educational programs provide a scholarly yet accessible interpretation of music of all eras, inspiring fans and future musicians alike.
From 1998 to 2006, the Cheese Lords served as the choir in residence for major services at the Franciscan Monastery in Washington, D.C. Additional services credits include the Cathedral of St. Matthew, Church of the Epiphany (G Street), the Church of the Holy Redeemer (Kensington, MD) and Georgetown University's Dahlgren Chapel.
"The Cheese Lords… sang with an ensemble precision and a sensitivity to the music’s varied styles as impressive as their imagination in programming. … a mind-expanding experience."— Joseph McLellan, Washington Post
The Suspicious Cheese Lords’ name is derived from the title of a Thomas Tallis motet, Suscipe quæso Domine. While "translating" the title, it was observed that Suscipe could be "suspicious," quæso is close to the Spanish word queso meaning "cheese," and Domine is, of course, "Lord." Hence, the title of the motet was clearly "Suspicious Cheese Lord"—which in time became adopted as the group’s name. Although their name is humorous, the group appreciates the literal translation of Suscipe Quæso Domine, which is, "Take, I ask, Lord." Suspiciously, the Cheese Lords have yet to perform this motet.
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