Acclaimed New York Vocal Group at MBL Falmouth Forum, February 1

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January 15, 2013

Contact: Susan Joslin

Credit: Chris Owyoung

Credit: Chris Owyoung

MBL, WOODS HOLE, MA—The male vocal ensemble, New York Polyphony, will return to Falmouth February 1 with a performance titled, “Two Sides of Love.” The event, part of the MBL Falmouth Forum series, will be held at 7:30 PM in the MBL’s Lillie Auditorium, 7 MBL Street, Woods Hole. The performance is sponsored by the MBL Associates and is free and open to the public. New York Polyphony’s music will be available for sale during intermission.

The ensemble’s program will begin with a collection of Latin polyphonic settings of “The Song of Songs,” followed after intermission by a series of madrigals from Italy, France, and England, including work by Henry Purcell and Thomas Morley.

New York Polyphony are fast-rising stars on the classical music scene. Praised for a “rich, natural sound that’s larger and more complex than the sum of its parts” (National Public Radio), the all-male quartet is recognized as one of the finest vocal ensembles active today. The men apply not only refined musicianship and interpretative detail, but also a refreshingly modern touch to a repertoire that ranges from austere medieval melodies, to cutting-edge contemporary works.  Dedication to innovative programming, as well as a focus on rare and rediscovered early music, has earned New York Polyphony critical accolades and a devoted following.

Since its founding in 2006, New York Polyphony has participated in major concert series and festivals throughout North America and Europe, including Miller Theatre at Columbia University; Dallas Chamber Music Series; Ireland’s Ardee Baroque Festival; Denmark’s Vendsyssel Festival; Festival de Música de Morelia, Mexico; and Choral at Cadogan Hall in London. They have been featured on Footprints to Paradise: A Medieval Christmas for Public Radio International, New Classical Tracks for Minnesota Public Radio, and Performance Today for National Public Radio. In December 2011, New York Polyphony made their television debut on The Martha Stewart Show.

An optional buffet dinner will precede the Falmouth Forum lecture at 6:00 pm at the MBL’s Swope Center, 5 North Street, Woods Hole. Tickets are $30 (meal includes salad, pasta or potatoes, two entrees, wine, dessert, tax, and gratuity) and must be purchased in advance at the MBL Communications Office (between 1:00 PM and 5:00 PM only), 127 Water Street, Woods Hole, or at Eight Cousins Children’s Books, Main Street, Falmouth. Dinner tickets are available until they sell out or until 5:00 pm on the Tuesday, January 29. For more information, contact the MBL Communications Office at (508) 289-7423 or

The remaining Falmouth Forums of the 2012-2013 season are listed below. All of the free presentations will be held in the MBL’s Lillie Auditorium at 7:30 PM. Visit the Falmouth Forum website for details and updated information.

March 1, 2013
“Frederick Law Olmsted: The Accidental Renaissance Man” – Justin Martin, best-selling biographer

April 5, 2013
“Inside the Head of a Novelist” – Julia Glass, winner of the National Book Award for Fiction. Julia Glass’s presentation is supported by the MBL’s Herman T. Epstein Endowed Memorial Lectureship.

April 26, 2013 
“Epic Journeys: A Documentary on Shorebird Migration” – Shawn Carey, wildlife photographer and co-founder of Migration Productions. Co-sponsored by The 300 Committee, Falmouth.


The Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) is dedicated to scientific discovery and improving the human condition through research and education in biology, biomedicine, and environmental science. Founded in 1888 in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, the MBL is an independent, nonprofit corporation.

 The MBL Associates are a group of individuals and businesses that support the scientific mission of the MBL through their gifts to the Annual Fund. The Associates sponsor educational and research programs for the MBL and raise funds for special projects. In addition, they operate the MBL Gift Shop, located on Water Street in Woods Hole, the profits from which support scientific fellowships.