Vespers in Venice - Music of Monteverdi

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

8:00 pm (lecture at 7:00 pm)

Choir of St. Luke in the Fields with an ensemble of period instruments.  David Shuler, Music Director.

The service of Vespers in seventeenth-century Venice was a musical extravaganza, a Concert spirituel.  The church music of Monteverdi and his contemporaries reflected the “modern style” of the day, with dazzling displays of vocal virtuosity and a kaleidoscope of instrumental colors.  The concert will feature music from Claudio Monteverdi’s Selve morale collection of 1641, including the ever-popular Beatus vir as a follow-up to last year’s performance of the 1610 Vespers.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and from the Fund for Creative Communities, supported by the New York State Council on the Arts and administered  by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.