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Vespers of 1610

Friday, April 24, 2015 8:00 PM
Renée & Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall

Series Name: Go For Baroque Mini Series

Monteverdi Celebration Sponsorship Consortium: Colburn Foundation, The Segerstrom Foundation, Mrs. Sharon McNalley, and Mr. Warren G. Coy. With Additional support from the Marcia Kay and Ron Radelet Endowment Fund for Great Orchestras and donors of the Dean Corey Program Fund.

On March 5, 1964, the Monteverdi Choir performed its first concert—-Monteverdi’s Vespro della Beata Vergine-—and went on to revolutionize the way we hear vocal music today. Renowned for their interpretation of the Baroque repertoire, Sir John Eliot Gardiner and his Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists celebrate the Monteverdi Choir’s 50th Anniversary with a two-night residency, performing works by 17th-century composer Claudio Monteverdi.

One of the towering masterpieces of the Baroque period, Monteverdi’s Vespro della Beata Vergine was a pioneering work for its time, integrating secular musical ideas into religious music. The complexities of this monumental choral masterpiece showcase the Monteverdi Choir’s prodigious mastery, with some movements in the work requiring coverage of ten vocal parts.

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English Baroque Soloists
The Monteverdi Choir
Los Angeles Children's Chorus
Sir John Eliot Gardiner, conductor

Krystian Adam, tenor
Francesca Aspromonte, soprano
Silvia Frigato, soprano
Nicholas Mulroy, tenor
Andrew Tortise, tenor


MONTEVERDI: Vespro della Beata Vergine

Pre-Concert Lecture

Pre-concert lecture by John Mangum, 7pm


John Mangum, President and Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Society, discusses the upcoming presentation of Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610, featuring Sir John Eliot Gardiner conducting the English Baroque Soloists and The Monteverdi Choir.

Sir John Eliot Gardiner conducts the English Baroque Soloists and Monteverdi Choir in a performance of Monteverdi's Vespers at the Palace of Versailles, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Monteverdi Choir.

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