The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts @ 2700 F St NW, Washington, DC 20037
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Experience the grandeur of Monteverdi's masterpiece.
What happens when a turn of the 17th century composer wants a new job? He writes the most over the top work of music to date. That s just what Claudio Monteverdi may have done when he wrote Vespro della Beata Vergine. The Vespers includes seven soloists, a choir large enough to split into multiple choirs and sing up to 10 parts at a time, and a large orchestra. Then, Monteverdi superimposes new music over traditional Gregorian chants, combines sacred music with secular styles, and alternates the grandeur of the large ensemble with solos and duets, as well as showcasing his mastery of the musical forms and styles of the time, and foreshadows the musical developments to come.
Join Artistic Director Scott Tucker, the Choral Arts Chorus, special guests The Thirteen, and an orchestra featuring cornetti, sackbuts, theorbo, and more for an evening of musical splendor.
Monteverdi was selected for the most prestigious musical post in Europe two years after the premiere of his Vespers.
Scott Tucker, conductor
Choral Arts Chorus and Orchestra
with special guests The Thirteen,
Matthew Robertson, Artistic Director
90 minutes, no intermission
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