Preëminent New York City-based early music ensemble TENET celebrates its eighth season in 2016-17. Under Artistic Director Jolle Greenleaf, TENET 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 motets, a three-year cycle of Carlo Gesualdo’s Tenebrae Responsories, annual performances of works by Purcell and his contemporaries celebrating St. Cecilia (music’s patron saint), a medieval survey series called The Sounds of Time, 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’s distinguished soloists’ have been praised for their pristine one-voice-to-a-part singing “to an uncanny degree of precision” (The Boston Globe).
TENET sponsors the highly praised Green Mountain Project, giving annual performances of Claudio Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610, as well as other Vespers that have been newly reconstructed by the project’s musical director, Scott Metcalfe, including music by Monteverdi, Giovanni Gabrieli, Antoine Charpentier and their contemporaries.
Performances of modern-day fare have included Arvo Pärt’s Passio at Carnegie Hall in 2014, and a new commission by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw in 2015.
A driving force in cultivating the New York City early music community, TENET collaborates regularly with other acclaimed ensembles and organizations including Dark Horse Consort, Five Boroughs Music Festival, New York Polyphony, the Sebastians, and many others.
TENET performs regularly at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and numerous other venues throughout New York City. Further afield, TENET has performed at the Festival Casals de Puerto Rico, Berkshire Bach Festival, Connecticut Early Music Festival, and many other venues throughout the United States, Latin America and Europe.