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Anonymous 4 to Bring Medieval Chant
to St. Francis de Sales Church

Posted April 11, 2001

HOLLAND -- When Anonymous 4 sings about a new millennium, audiences have to check the date.

When the members of the highly acclaimed quartet brings their medieval chant and polyphony to Holland through Hope College's Great Performance Series on Tuesday, April 24, they will perform their latest recording, "1000: A Mass for the End of Time."

The concert is being held at St. Francis de Sales Church in Holland, beginning at 8 p.m.

The quartet has become all but anonymous since its formation in 1986. Acclaimed for its astonishing vocal blend and technical virtuosity, Anonymous 4 explores works by modern composers as well as medieval chant and polyphony (music consisting of two or more independent but harmonious melodies).

The "New York Times" says that the group has "a union so precise that it sounds positively supernatural." The "Chicago Sun Times" takes its praise even higher: "When we die and go to heaven, it will sound just like the music from the reigning queens of chant and polyphony."

While all 10 of the quartet's recordings have reached Billboard's classical top 10 chart, the talent of these artists is heard best live. The Great Performance Series makes its foray off Hope's campus in order to take advantage of acoustical sound created at St. Francis de Sales.

Marsha Genensky, Susan Hellauer, Jacqueline Horner and Johanna Maria Rose present "1000: A Mass For the End of Time" in part because it includes thousand-year-old chants in celebration of the new millennium. Classic FM (U.K.) selected their recent recording as October 2000 "CD of the Month," and Fanfare magazine said, "altogether, this is one of the most rewarding of all the programs developed and recorded by this group."

Tickets will be available at the theatre lobby ticket office in the DeWitt Center on Thursday and Friday, April 19-20, and Monday-Tuesday, April 23-24, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. If available, remaining tickets will be sold at the door.

Tickets cost $12.50 for regular adult admission, $10.50 for senior citizens, and $5 for Hope students and children under 18. The ticket office can be called at (616) 395-7890.

St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church is located on the corner of 13th Street and Maple Avenue in Holland.

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