Sex, Drugs, and Madrigals on October 24

We hope to see you at Sex, Drugs, and Madrigals, the first concert of our 2010–2011 season.


Popular music in the Renaissance was suggestive or flippant long before rock and roll was invented: secular, singable tunes in the madrigal form celebrated everything from love to lust to lunch. In this spectacle of madrigals, Chestnut Street Singers will venture through the genre’s five centuries of adaptation, performing madrigals set to traditional love poetry alongside those dedicated to drinking, money, and the silliest double entendres ever sung in a church.


The program features works by Clement Janéquin (1485–1558), Henry Purcell (1659–1695), Gabriel Fauré (1845–1924), and Morten Lauridsen (1943–).


The concert will be held on Sunday, October 24 at 1 PM at the First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia, 2125 Chestnut Street.


Free love, free admission.