After an absence of three years, the critically-acclaimed vocal ensemble His Majesty’s Men return to Chicago’s historic St John Cantius Church on Saturday, August 13 at 7:30 pm, for a program called “Hope and Renewal”. The concert will feature two new works by Mark Nowakowski (HMM’s composer-in-residence) plus a new commission from rising Chicago composer Chad McCoy. There will also be Renaissance polyphony by Tallis and Palestrina, and newer music by Howard Skempton and Javier Busto. A song from Ukraine, “Plyve Kacha”, will have its Chicago debut. And special arrangements by ex-King’s-Singer Phil Lawson, Richard Childress and Chris Crilly will round out the concert. Chris Crilly’s wonderful arrangement of the haunting 13th-century Irish song “Seacht nDolás na Maighdine Múire” will be sung in the Gaelige language.

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Face coverings are optional for this concert.

The Men thank the Catholic Art Institute and the Canons Regular of St John Cantius for their help and support.

There will be a reception after the concert in the Café San Giovanni, St John Cantius Chuch.