St. James Music Series in La Jolla heralds four upcoming concerts

The St. James Music Series will kick off its 26


season Nov. 14 with the first of four intimate concerts by musical ensembles that have won awards on stages across the globe.

“These groups are the jewels of ensemble performance today,” said Steven Townsend, series director. “We’re honored and thrilled to have Chanticleer back in La Jolla again, and we can’t wait to introduce the San Diego community to the other three equally great ensembles.”

Sunday’s 4 p.m. concert at St. James By-the-Sea Episcopal Church, 743 Prospect, features

New York Polyphony

, a critically acclaimed all-male a capella ensemble of four voices who perform in a range of styles from plainchant to complex modern works. Their recently released CD “Tudor City” spent three weeks in the Top 10 on the Billboard classical music chart this summer after the NPR radio show “All Things Considered” pronounced it one of the year’s best new classical CDs.

• Dec. 11: The

Aulos Ensemble

will present a program of Christmas music. This five-person instrumental group, formed at New York’s Juilliard School in 1973, is known around the world for its uncompromising interpretation of Baroque music, and provides a rare opportunity for San Diegans to experience pieces masterfully played on period instruments. The New York Times pronounced Aulos’ work “authentic Baroque performance at its best.”

• Jan. 30: A return appearance of the Grammy Award-winning


  1. This all-male a capella group has been called “America’s favorite choral ensemble” by

The New Yorker

magazine, and is known around the world for its precision, unique sound and adventurous and varied programs ranging from classical to jazz to gospel and beyond.

• Feb. 20:

Voces 8

rounds out the season. Hailing from the UK, the award-winning eight-person ensemble of mixed voices was formed in 2003 by ex-choristers of Westminster Abbey in London. This young group burst onto the music scene in 2005 with their stunning first-prize win at the International Choral Grand Prix in Gorizia, Italy.

Their fresh and surprising repertoire spans Renaissance polyphony to pop.

Season tickets to all four concerts are $60, individual concert tickets are $25 each, at