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The Choral Arts Society of Washington presents: Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610

Saturday, November 18, 2017 3:00 PM

Choral Arts opens its 2017-2018 Kennedy Center concert season with a performance of Claudio Monteverdi's choral masterpiece Vespers of 1610. 

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The Choral Arts Society of Washington
Scott Tucker, conductor
The Thirteen, guest artists
—Matthew Robertson, artistic director
Choral Arts Chorus and Orchestra

At the turn of the 17th century, composer Claudio Monteverdi had mastered the musical styles of the late Renaissance and began developing new musical techniques which evolved into the Baroque musical style. Vespro della Beata Vergine (Vespers for the Blessed Virgin) or Vespers of 1610 was the most ambitious work of religious music before Bach.

In this piece Monteverdi brilliantly superimposes new music over the traditional Gregorian chants, combines sacred music with secular styles, and alternates the grandeur of the large ensemble with solos and duets. His mastery of the musical forms and styles of the time is showcased throughout the work and foreshadows the many musical developments to come.

Join artistic director Scott Tucker, the Choral Arts Chorus, special guests The Thirteen, and an orchestra featuring cornets, sackbuts, theorbo, and more for an evening of musical splendor.

Performance Timing: 90 minutes, with no intermission.