The a cappella group Musica Spei is billing "The Golden Sequence" as "one text, nine centuries, 11 composers, one world premiere." The program traces composers' interpretations of the religious text of "Veni Sancte Spiritus" (also called "the Golden Sequence") from an original 13th century version through to the present, using settings from various composers from Byrd to P#rt to American composer Carson Cooman (b. 1982). Cooman (a Rochester native) was commissioned to write the modern setting by Musica Spei and this will be its debut. Musica Spei specializes in sacred choral masterworks. The program is also being presented in Auburn June 8 and at Nazareth College June 9; check the Musica Spei website for additional concert dates and times.
The first concert in the series takes place Sunday, June 3, 4 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church, 33 E. First St., Corning. $10 suggested donation. MusicaSpei.org. — BY PALOMA CAPANNA