Author Dan Brown might never recapture the sensational magic of his 2003 book, The Da Vinci Code, but the publics obsession with medieval mystery lives on. After all, who doesnt like learning about secret codes buried in ancient ruins or, in the case of 16th-century Italian composer Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina's Missa Papae Marcelli, a message hidden in a musical score.
When Palestrina heard the Council of Trent was considering banning polyphony in music, he embedded a cipher in the work, and this Thursday, Seraphic Fire will debut its 2009-10 season with a performance of that work. Beginning at 7:30 p.m. at St. Christophers by-the-Sea, the choral ensemble will play Missa Papae Marcelli, in addition to works by Gregorio Allegri, Guillaume Dufay, Costanzo Festa, and Josquin des Prez.
Thu., Oct. 1, 7:30 p.m., 2009