Anonymous 4, a female vocal ensemble specializing in Medieval, Renaissance and traditional music, will perform a concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 at the First Presbyterian Church of Santa Monica, 1220 Second St.
Presented by the classical music series Jacaranda, the concert will feature the first section of an evening-length work, The Wood and the Vine, by David Lang, the Pulitzer Prize and Grammy-winning composer of The Little Match Girl Passion.
Anonymous 4 is celebrating its 25th anniversary of performing early music and recording CDs that have sold millions.
Entitled “25 Winters: Anonymous 4,” the concert will include favorites from 16 best-selling holiday CDs, including On Yoolis Night, The Cherry Tree, Wolcum Yule and Christmas Music from Medieval Hungary. Also featured are signature works by Hildegard von Bingen, John Taverner, and William Billings.
Quartet members Ruth Cunningham, Marsha Genesnsky, Susan Hellauer and Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek will be available afterward to sign CDs, including the just-released Secret Voices.
“A quarter-century ago the early music movement took a stunning turn with the advent of Anonymous 4,” said Jacaranda’s artistic and executive director Patrick Scott. “Never before had a vocal quartet of women combined scholarship with the strong ability to connect with audiences. The group’s pure tone, precise ensemble singing and pioneering spirit created a sense of occasion that endures.”
Advance tickets are $35 for general admission or $15 for students. Tickets at the door are $40 for general admission or $20 for students.
To purchase tickets, www.jacarandamusic.org, or (800) 595-4TIX.