The New-York based medieval-music duo Asteria burst on the national scene two years ago when it won Early Music America’s first Unicorn prize for Medieval/Renaissance music and released a debut album that demonstrated that fine scholarship and attention to performance practices of bygone eras need not be pedantic. Made up of tenor and lutist Eric Redlinger and soprano Sylvia Rhyne, the duo’s follow-up album, “Soyes Loyal: Songs of Passion from the Late Middle Ages,” really spotlights the communicative power and emotional impact of an extraordinary body of repertoire, which will also be the centerpiece on this appearance on the Chicago Cultural Center’s “Vocal Journeys” series. (Dennis Polkow)
September 29 at Chicago Cultural Center’s Preston Bradley Hall, 78 E. Washington, (312)744-6630. 6:30pm. Free.