William Byrd Celebration: November 3-19 2023

William Byrd Celebration: November 3-19 2023

Loyola University marks the 400th anniversary of William Byrd’s death through a series of lectures and performances. Regarded as one of the most important English composers of the Renaissance, Byrd was also a devout Catholic during a period that condemned Catholicism and its followers. With programs presented by guest artists and Loyola music students, this series outlines his fascinating life and musical output. This series is led by Professor Kirsten Hedegaard and the Department of Fine and Performing Arts with support from the Hank Center. Full Schedule Below.

These events are free and open to the public. Reservations are requested for individual events (see links below).


Friday, November 3

11:30 am

Mundelein Center for Fine and Performing Arts

Skowronski Music Hall

1032 W. Sheridan Road

Come Woeful Orpheus

Secular Music: Madrigals and Keyboard Music

Voices of Madonna with David Schrader, harpsichord

Free - Reservation Required

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David Schrader, harpsicord

Come Woeful Orpheus

as performed by the Hilliard Ensemble


Tuesday, November 7

4:30 PM

Mundelein Center for Fine and Performing Arts

Skowronski Music Hall

1032 W. Sheridan Road

Unquiet Thoughts

Lute Songs of Dowland and Campion: Lecture and Masterclass

Brandon Acker, lute and theorbo with Loyola students

Free - Reservations Required

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Brandon Acker, lute

Unquiet Thoughts by John Dowland

as performed by Grace Davidson, soprano and David Miller, lute


Wednesday, November 15

7:00 PM

Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA)

3rd Floor Gallery featuring the D’Arcy Collection

820 N. Michigan Avenue

Byrd and Bard

Consort Music: Voice and Viols paired with readings by Shakespeare

Second City Musick: Phil Serna, Anna Steinhoff, Craig Trompeter, Russell Wagner

Kirsten Hedegaard, soprano; Tim Kane, actor

Free - Reservation Required

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Tim Kane, actor

Fair Britain Isle

as performed by Tessa Bonner and Rose Consort of Viols


Sunday, November 19

1:30 PM

McCormick Lounge, Coffey Hall

1000 W. Sheridan Road (enter on north side of Coffey Hall)

William Byrd: Catholic Stalwart

Panel on Elizabethan politics, artistic patronage, and Byrd as composer and Catholic

Panelists: Dr. Robert Bucholz, Dr. Colin Holman, Dr. Kirsten Hedegaard

Free - Reservation Required

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3:00 PM

Madonna della Strada Chapel

6453 N. Kenmore Avenue

Sing Joyfully!

Sacred Music: Mass for Four Voices and Motets

Loyola Ignatian Voices and Voices of Madonna, Kirsten Hedegaard, conductor

Free - Reservation Required for a headcount

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Kirsten Hedegaard, conductor

Sing Joyfully

as performed by the Tallis Scholars