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Monteverdi's Vespro Della Beata Vergine

  • The Episcopal Church of Saint Mary 43 Foreside Road Falmouth, ME, 04105 United States (map)

After twenty years of service, the middle-aged Monteverdi was unhappy in his position at the court in Mantua. In search of a new position, to demonstrate his artistic talents, Monteverdi wrote Vespro della Beata Vergine. The resulting Vespers was so spectacular that Monteverdi was given the music director position at St. Mark's in Venice, the premier church in Italy.  

A towering masterpiece for brass sextet, chamber orchestra, and voices, Vespro della Beata Vergine is at once intimate and resplendent, devotional and theatrical, pious and sensual. At Portland Bach Experience, hear the work as Monteverdi imagined it: sung one-on-a-part and performed on period instruments.

Earlier Event: June 14
Open Rehearsal - Monteverdi's Vespers
Later Event: June 15
Suite Ride Through Portland