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Madrigalia Via, 5/17/2010 (click for larger version)

Madrigalia Via is a mixed-voice a cappella ensemble specializing in the varied and exciting 16th-century madrigal repertoire. Its members are committed to promoting, exploring, and sharing primarily early music, but also rarely heard lesser known works from any period. Its singers bring a unique combination of power and delicacy to their performances.

Founded by Monika Dockendorff in early 2008, its diverse members have hailed from South America, Asia, and the United States. Now having expanded to nine voices from wide-ranging professional backgrounds, Madrigalia Via hopes to continue into its third year with recordings and an international tour.

In concert, 10/24/09

Madrigalia Via draws its repertoire from a surprisingly wide span—eight centuries—beginning with the dawn of western polyphonic music in the late 12th Century, to Hindemith, Lauridsen, and other 20th and 21st-century composers. At the center of its repertory however, lie the Italian and English madrigals of the late 16th Century. Ever probing, inventive, and deeply emotional, they are ripe for endless exploration and discovery.

The group's musical director, David Recca, is an adjunct professor at the Conservatory of Music of Purchase College, SUNY. There he directs the College Chorus, and is the founder/conductor of the Purchase Chamber Singers in addition to teaching a variety of courses such as Music Theory and Solfege. As a student at Purchase, he received the Theodore Presser Scholar Award in 2004, as well as a Bachelor of Music in Composition and a Performer's Certificate in Vocal Coaching/Accompanying. He is most recently a graduate of the Eastman School of Music with a Master of Music in Choral Conducting, having been granted a full-tuition scholarship. His recent professional engagements include serving as assistant conductor and chorus master for the Mercury Opera Rochesterís production of Mozartís Don Giovanni.

The group's nine voices:
Jacquie
Jacquie
Penfold
soprano
Morgan
Morgan
Russell
soprano
Sarah
Sarah
Dalrymple
soprano
Nancy
Nancy
De Vore
alto
Gabi
Gabi
Barton
alto
Michael
Michael
Banino
tenor
Alex
Alex
Drilon
tenor
Enrico
Enrico
Lagasca
bass
David
David
Recca
bass