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ODU's Diehn Concert Series Features the Tallis Scholars Tonight

The Tallis Scholars, under the direction of Peter Phillips, will perform works by Manuel Mendes, Manuel Cardoso, Duarte Lobo, Diogo Diaz Melgás and Tomas Luis da Victoria at Old Dominion University Monday, March 3. Part of ODU's Diehn Concert Series, the performance will begin at 8 p.m. in Chandler Recital Hall of the Diehn Fine and Performing Arts Center. Tickets for the concert are available in advance or at the door.

In existence for more than 30 years, the Tallis Scholars are without rival in the glorious sound world of Renaissance polyphony, according to critics. It has been noted that their beautifully blended choral sound calls to mind the magnificent stained glass windows of the mighty cathedrals of Europe. Under the inspirational direction of the Oxford-educated Phillips, the Tallis Scholars are among the busiest ensembles in the world, with more than 50 award-winning recordings on the Gimmel label, and regular tours throughout Europe, North America, South America and the Far East.

Their annual concerts consistently receive rave reviews and draw capacity crowds. They have performed for members of the English Royal Family and for the pope at a special concert at the Vatican. Their recent DVD release, "Playing Elizabeth's Tune: The Tallis Scholars Sing William Byrd," has received critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic.

The F. Ludwig Diehn Concert Series is supported by a grant from the Diehn Fund of The Norfolk Foundation. Tickets for the performance are $15 for general admission and $10 for ODU students with a valid ID. The master class is free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets may be purchased at the Arts and Letters Box Office in the lobby of University Theatre, located between 46th Street and 47th streets, or by calling 683-5305.

This article was posted on: March 3, 2008

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