Concordian Dawn: Selections from Medieval Song from Aristotle to Opera

Thu. Dec 21, 2023 6:00pm - 7:00pm EST
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Join us for a festive concert with Concordian Dawn, an ensemble for medieval music specializing in 12th- through 14th-century vocal repertoire.

This event will take place in person at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library on the 7th Floor.

Concordian Dawn draws on primary source material and focusing on socio-philosophical similarities between texts from centuries ago and the mindset of modern society. In doing so, the ensemble produces a musical experience accessible to contemporary audiences, relating the human condition of the past to the familiar experiences of the present.

To join the event in person | Doors will open 30 minutes before the program begins. For free events, we generally overbook to ensure a full house. Priority will be given to those who have registered in advance, but registration does not guarantee admission. All registered seats are released shortly before start time, and seats may become available at that time. A standby line will form 30 minutes before the program.


Concordian Dawn was founded in 2012 and performs regularly on the east coast, annually with Gotham Early Music Scene in NYC, and at venues across the country. The ensemble’s “mesmerizing” (Early Music America) debut album, Fortuna Antiqua et Ultra (MSR Classics), was released in December 2021 to critical acclaim, and in July 2022, Cornell University Press published a collaborative book-recording project between the ensemble and medieval studies scholar Sarah Kay entitled Medieval Song from Aristotle to Opera.

Concordian Dawn made its west coast debut in 2022 with the Santa Cruz Baroque Festival and at UC-Berkeley and UC-Davis. The ensemble, which received a 2020 Ensemble Forward Award from Chamber Music America, and its director, Christopher Preston Thompson, have performed and led workshops and lectures for Princeton University, Stanford University, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, New York University, the University of Pennsylvania, the Modern Language Association, the CUNY Graduate Center and the Medieval Academy of America, among others. Find more information here.


Amber Evans, Soprano
David Dickey, Countertenor and recorder
Clifton Massey, Countertenor
Niccolo Seligmann, Vielle
Christopher Preston Thompson, Director, tenor and medieval harp


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  • Assistive listening devices and/or hearing loops are available at the venue.

  • You can request a free ASL (American Sign Language) interpretation or CART (Communication Access Real-Time Translation) captioning service by emailing your request at least two weeks in advance of the event: email or use this Gmail template.

  • This venue is fully accessible to wheelchairs.


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All programs are subject to change or cancellation.


The 7 Stories Up Series at SNFL is made possible by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF).

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Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library (SNFL), 7th Floor Event Center 455 5th Ave
New York, NY 10016