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Renowned for their unearthly vocal blend and virtuosic ensemble singing, the four women of Anonymous 4 combine historical scholarship with contemporary performance intuition to create their magical sound. Their programs have included music from the year 1000; the ecstatic music and poetry of the 12th-century abbess and mystic, Hildegard of Bingen; 13th-century chant and polyphony from England, France, and Spain; American folksongs, shape note tunes, and gospel songs; and works newly written for the group. Anonymous 4 has performed for sold-out audiences on major concert series and at festivals throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East; and has made 19 best-selling recordings for harmonia mundi usa.

"Anonymous 4 can handle just about anything a composer can dream of. "

-David Patrick Stearns, Arts Journal

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Anonymous 4 Christmas Concerts Philadelphia
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Anonymous 4

Date: Friday, December 11, 2015 - 8:00 PM

Location: Church of the Holy Trinity, 1904 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

The Last Noel

Anonymous 4 presents an anthology of some of their favorite songs for Christmas, including songs and carols from medieval England; songs, hymns and conductus from their very first concert program Legends of Saint Nicholas; and tunes from early America.

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Anonymous 4

Date: Friday, December 12, 2014 - 8:00 PM

Location: Church of the Holy Trinity, 1904 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

On Yoolis Night
Anonymous 4 revisits one of their first–and most beloved–holiday programs. Songs, motets, and carols from British sources illuminate all of the aspects of the Christmas story and its many kindred legends:  biblical precursors, Balaam’s prophecy, Gabriel’s greeting, Mary’s virginity, the birth of Jesus, the rising of the star, the angels and the shepherds, the manger and its animals, and the three Magi and their gifts. 

These works express a range of responses to these marvels:  mirth and joy, wonder and praise, even theological interpretation. But the thread that ties this music together is a striving toward something out of the ordinary, a special sound or gesture, reserved for this most wonderful time. Featured will be the antiphon Hodie Christus natus est, the carols Ave MariaEcce quod natura, and There is no rose of swych vertu, the songs Gabriel fram heven-kingPeperit virgo, and the carol ballad, Lullay, als I lay on yoolis night.

 

Anonymous 4
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Anonymous 4

Date: Saturday, December 14, 2013 - 8:00 PM

Location: Church of the Holy Trinity, 1904 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Grace & Glory: Sacred Song from Medieval France and Early America 

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Anonymous 4

Date: Friday, December 14, 2012 - 8:00 PM

Location: Church of the Holy Trinity, 1904 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

A Virgin Unspotted:  Medieval & Traditional Christmas Songs for Mary

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Anonymous 4

Date: Friday, December 16, 2011 - 8:00 PM

Location: Church of the Holy Trinity, 1904 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Anthology 25 featuring works from each of Anonymous 4's 19 prize-winning, chart-topping CDs

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Anonymous 4

Date: Friday, December 17, 2010 - 8:00 PM

Location: Church of the Holy Trinity, 1904 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

The Cherry Tree:  Songs, Carols and Ballads for Christmas

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Anonymous 4

Date: Friday, December 18, 2009 - 8:00 PM

Location: St. Mark’s Church, 1625 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

The Cherry Tree: Songs, Carols and Ballads for Christmas

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Anonymous 4

Date: Friday, December 12, 2008 - 8:00 PM

Location: St. Mark’s Church, 1625 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

The Cherry Tree: Songs, Carols and Ballads for Christmas

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Anonymous 4

Date: Friday, December 14, 2007 - 8:00 PM

Location: St. Mark’s Church, 1625 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

A Medieval Ladymass–British chant and polyphony in honor of the Virgin Mary–and a selection from American Angels–sacred music from the American folk tradition.

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Anonymous 4 w/ Andrew Lawrence-King, harp

Date: Friday, December 19, 2003 - 8:00 PM

Location: St. Mark’s Church, 1625 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Wolcum Yule

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Anonymous 4

Date: Friday, December 20, 2002 - 8:00 PM

Location: St. Mark’s Church, 1625 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Wolcum Yule

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Anonymous 4

Date: Friday, December 14, 2001 - 8:00 PM

Location: St. Mark’s Church, 1625 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Legends of St. Nicholas

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Anonymous 4

Date: Friday, December 15, 2000 - 8:00 PM

Location: St. Mark’s Church, 1625 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

On Yoolis Night:  Medieval English Carols and Motets

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Anonymous 4

Date: Friday, December 17, 1999 - 8:00 PM

Location: St. Mark’s Church, 1625 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Legends of St. Nicholas

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Anonymous 4

Date: Friday, January 23, 1998 - 8:00 PM

Location: St. Mark’s Church, 1625 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Miracles of Sant’Iago:  Music from the Codex Calixtinus

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“With Anonymous 4, there is no accompaniment, no amplification and no fancy staging. It's just four rarefied voices — pure, simple and stunning. ”

David Patrick Stearns, Arts Journal

“Anonymous 4 can handle just about anything a composer can dream of. ”

Santa Barbara News-Press

“Anonymous 4 is one of those unique and special groups that can connect the dots over the course of a millennium of musical sources and touchstones, with no external instruments or gadgetry required.”

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