TENET Vocal Artists
Preëminent New York City-based early music ensemble TENET Vocal Artists celebrated its 10th anniversary season in 2018-19. Under Artistic Director Jolle Greenleaf, TENET Vocal Artists has won acclaim for its innovative programming, virtuosic singing and command of repertoire that spans the Middle Ages to the present day.
Highlights of recent seasons include performances of J.S. Bach’s St. John Passion, Bach’s motets, a three-year cycle of Carlo Gesualdo’s Tenebrae Responsories, regular performances of works by Purcell and his contemporaries celebrating St. Cecilia (music’s patron saint), two medieval survey series (“The Sounds of Time” and “The Cycle of Invention”), and original theatrical performances highlighting works composed by, for, and about women in 17th century Italy.
Renowned for their interpretations of Renaissance and Baroque repertoire, TENET Vocal Artists’ distinguished soloists’ have been praised for their pristine one-voice-to-a-part singing “to an uncanny degree of precision” (The Boston Globe). TENET’s highly praised Green Mountain Project gives annual performances of Claudio Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 and other Vespers that have been newly reconstructed and include music by Monteverdi, Chiara Margarita Cozzolani, Giovanni Gabrieli, Antoine Charpentier, Michael Praetorius, and their contemporaries.
Performances of modern-day fare have included performances of Arvo Pärt’s Passio at Carnegie Hall in 2014 and a new commission by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw. A driving force in cultivating the New York City early music community, TENET Vocal Artists collaborates regularly with other acclaimed ensembles and organizations including Dark Horse Consort, Five Boroughs Music Festival, Quicksilver Baroque, the Sebastians, and many others.
TENET Vocal Artists performs regularly at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Caramoor, Columbia University, Yale University, and numerous other venues in and around New York City. Further afield, TENET Vocal Artists has performed at the Festival Casals de Puerto Rico, Berkshire Bach Festival, Connecticut Early Music Festival, Costa Rica International Music Festival, and many other festivals and prominent locations throughout the United States, Latin America and Europe.