Monteverdi Vespers of 1610


Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

Friday, March 10, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 11, 8 p.m.
St. Anne’s Church

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1610 was a VERY big year.  Not only did Galileo first discover and identify the moons of Jupiter, composer Claudio Monteverdi was writing a revolutionary piece that “changed music forever,” says Music Director J. Ernest Green.   It’s the essential human quest for knowledge that resulted in each of these monumental discoveries in 1610!  Discovery is what this concert experience is all about and no one can lead the voyage like J. Ernest Green will on March 10 and 11.  Expect his signature combination of knowledge and excitement when he talks about the Vespers at each performance.  Remember, it’s been said of his skill that he could “teach quantum physics to hamsters!”

Monteverdi was possibly the most important musician of the first half of the 17th century.  Straddling musical eras, he perfected the traditional music of the late Renaissance and pioneered new compositional techniques paving the way for the Baroque period to come.  He composed madrigals and was an innovative opera composer, as well.

Not known for evolving quickly or being cutting edge, church music needed some freshening up.  Enter Monteverdi.  In 1610, he published a collection of church music, including a traditional setting of the mass and Vespro della Beata Vergine (Vespers), where he first showed his mastery of the new style.  In it, he joins the old with the new to produce a sound that must have shocked those attending the service.  Rather than the music they were used to, the congregation heard Monteverdi’s amazing blend of dramatic style that sounded more like opera than church music, with trumpets fanfares, multiple choruses, soloists and an orchestra – unheard of in those days.     HEAR THE FIRST MOVEMENT!

Discover this work for yourself conducted by Maestro J. Ernest Green and performed by the Annapolis Chorale Chamber Chorus, members of the Annapolis Chamber Orchestra and an amazing lineup of guest soloists in the perfect acoustics of historic St. Anne’s Church in the heart of  Annapolis.

**NEW THIS YEAR **  Shuttle service!  Park for free at the Bladen Street lot and take the shuttle to the church and back!  No walking in the dark or the weather!