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On Saturday, November 17, at 7:30 p.m. Collegium Musicum, Colby’s early music group, will recreate the sounds of a 17th-century Christmas in Rome. The concert will celebrate the majesty of early Western sacred music and its timeless and universal messages of unity and hope. The event will take place in the college’s Lorimer Chapel on the Waterville campus and is open to the public free of charge.

Collegium Musicum’s program will present a rich mixture of Gregorian chant, large and small polyphonic and antiphonal choral works by Victoria and Lasso, and works for organ by Frescobaldi. Hodie Christus natus est, an eight-voice mass by Palestrina, will be the central work of the program.

Directed by Eva Linfield, associate professor of music, the Collegium Musicum is a 25-member ensemble of students and a few faculty members who perform music from the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and the Baroque periods.