La Jolla Renaissance Singers

William H. C. Propp: Bassoon, Composer, Piano

Genre: Classical, World

Sound description: A cappella vocal music written from the Middle Ages through the Renaissance, Romantic, and Modern periods.

RIYL: Strange Woods, Royal Renaissance Singers

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Synoposis

Influences: The Chieftans, Sherwood Renaissance Singers, New Renaissance Singers, Royal Renaissance Singers

Background:

Since 1964, the La Jolla Renaissance Singers (formerly the UCSD Madrigal Singers) have been bringing the finest of early European choral music to San Diego.

The 25-member group performs a cappella vocal music written from the Middle Ages through the Renaissance, with occasional forays into the Romantic and Modern periods. In period costume, the group performs in concert halls, museums, churches, libraries, and parks, as well as for private parties.

As of 2010, the group Conductor is William H. C. Propp, a professor of ancient history and Judaic studies at UCSD since 1983, and director of the La Jolla Renaissance Singers since 2001. In addition to his choral activities, he is an accomplished pianist and bassoonist. His informative commentaries, and occasional instrumental performances, enliven the group’s appearances.

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