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As the holiday season approaches, take a step back in time to imagine the music of high mass at a lavish Renaissance court. The Collegium Musicum, an early music vocal ensemble at Colby College, presents An Imperial Mass for Assumption Day, circa 1510, on Saturday, November 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the Lorimer Chapel on the Waterville campus. The concert is free and the public is invited.

The group reconstructs music for the feast of the Assumption of the Virgin at the court of Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I (reigned 1508–1519). Conducted by David Rothenberg, the program showcases the vocal polyphony of Renaissance master Henricus Isaac (ca.1450-1517), who served as Maximilian’s court composer.