The singers of the UC Davis Early Music Ensemble, directed by William David Cooper, and the period instrument musicians UCD Baroque Ensemble, directed by Phebe Craig and Michael Sand, will present a concert at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Episcopal Church of St. Martin, 640 Hawthorn Lane in Davis.
Featured will be “Dixit Dominus Domino meo,” a “grand motet” by French composer Michel Richard Delalande (1657-1726). Delalande was a French Baroque composer and organist who was in the service of King Louis XIV, composing music for the court and teaching music to the king’s daughters.
Delalande was one of the most important composers of grands motets, a type of sacred work that was pleasing to King Louis XIV because of its pomp and grandeur, written for soloists, choir and comparatively large orchestra (for the era).
There also will be music by composers Jean Gilles, Georg Phillip Telemann, Simon Le Duc, Jean-Joseph Mouret and Joseph-Nicolas-Pancrace Royer, who lived in the Renaissance and Baroque eras.
A donation of $12 general or $6 for students is suggested at the door.