Xavier professor to host ‘Renaissancekoret’ singers

Danish choir to give free performance | July 23, 2003

A group of 14 singers from a Jesuit high school in Copenhagen are singing in Cincinnati as a result of support from two University professors. The Danish group Renaissancekoret (The Renaissance Choir) performs at Pleasant Ridge Presbyterian Church, 5950 Montgomery Road, on Tuesday, Aug. 12 at 7:30 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public and features music by some of the greatest composers of the 16th century, including “Sicut Cervus” by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina and “Ecce Quomodo” by Jacob Handl. “I met the group two years ago and encouraged them to come to the United States,” says Isaac Larison, assistant professor of education at Xavier. “They’re a great example of the wonderful things people are doing on their own in Denmark.” In addition to performing in Cincinnati during this trip to the United States, Renaissancekoret is also performing in Chicago and Louisville. Renaissancekoret was founded in 1996 by a small group of young people who shared a love of a cappella singing and Renaissance music. They all also attended Niels Steensens Gymnasium in Copenhagen, a Catholic high school run by the Jesuits. The group is made up of 14 men and women ranging in age from 18 to 22. The singers have performed in various churches around Copenhagen. Xavier Choir Director Tom Merrill also is helping the group during their visit. For more information, contact Larison at 513 745-3384.