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Angelus: Sacred Early Music

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Founders ChapelConcert Series in Founders Chapel

Dr. Marianne Pfau, Director

The 'Angelus Concert Series of Sacred Early Music' was established in 2007 with a gift of Cynthia Haney, honoring the memory of her late husband Dr. Michael Haney of the USD Psychology Department and his devotion to music. Offered in the exquisite setting and splendid acoustics of USD's Founders Chapel, the series brings performances of sacred music from the Middle Ages through the Early Classical Era, featuring period instruments and historical performance practices.

Tax-decuctible donations to the "Michael & Cynthia Haney Sacred Early Music Fund" are welcome and encouraged.

About the Director

Professor Marianne Pfau, PhDMarianne R. Pfau, Ph. D., Professor of Music

Dr. Pfau heads the music history and literature program at USD, and teaches special interdisciplinary courses with faculty from the literature, theology, philosophy, and political science departments. She received her doctorate in historical musicology from Stony Brook University in New York, with a dissertation on Hildegard von Bingen. Prior to coming to the US, she obtained graduate degrees and a solo diploma in historical performance practices and in early wind instruments from the Musikhochschule Hamburg, and holds a licentiate in music therapy from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.

Next Concert

Annual Lenten Concert featuring Bach Cantatas
March 29, 2014 at 7 p.m.
Founders Chapel, Founders Hall

Rita Lilly--Soprano (Bay Area)
Charles Humphries--Altus (Washington, DC)
Scott Whitacre--Tenor (San Diego)
Jeff Fields--Bass (Bay Area)
and principals of San Francisco's Jubilate Orchestra.

Co-sponsored by the Office of Mission and Ministry


Rita Lilly SopranoRITA LILLY (soprano) has appeared as a featured soloist with the American Boychoir, American Classical Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra, Artek, Bachworks, Bach Aria Group, Concert Royal, Levin Baroque Ensemble, and the New York Consort of Viols, among others. As the soprano soloist of the Waverly Consort, she toured throughout the U.S. and abroad, including performances at Alice Tully Hall and Metropolitan Museum of Art. She made her N.Y. Weill Recital Hall debut in Pergolesi's Stabat Mater with Voci Angeli and has toured in recital with the renowned harpsichordist, Anthony Newman. As a relative newcomer to the Bay area, Ms. Lilly has been a featured soloist with AVE, Baroque Choral Guild (now Cantabile), California Bach Society, City Concert Opera, New Music Works, Magnificat, S.F. Concert Chorale, Chora Nova, and numerous early music concerts at MusicSources. Rita looks forward to her debut with the Catacoustic Consort of Cincinnati in January. Her recordings include three with the Waverly Consort; Handel and Vivaldi's Dixit Dominus with the American Boychoir; Scarlatti's St. Cecilia Mass on Newport Classic; Sowerby's Medieval Poem with the Fairfield Orchestra; a German Baroque Christmas with American Classical Orchestra; Orff's Carmina Burana with the S.F. Concert Chorale, andPalestrina for Eight Voices with the Schola Adventus.