Our new season focuses on the ensemble's first love: the music of seventeenth-century Italy. Join us for two enchanting evenings of vocal and instrumental music in 2023–2024.
Misero amante: Songs of Love and Suffering
Our fall program invites the audience into the world of 17th-century Italy to indulge in every poet’s favorite subject: the joys and pains of love. From the thrill of first attraction to the disappointment of a bad break-up, every moment of the lover’s journey was captured by the most celebrated musicians of the era, including Girolamo Kapsberger, Barbara Strozzi, Giulio Caccini, and Claudio Monteverdi. Alongside light-hearted love songs and heartbreaking laments, the concert will showcase instrumental music for guitars, theorbo, recorder, and cornetto. We are thrilled to welcome lutenist Cameron Welke and multi-instrumentalist Dan Meyers to create an enchanting sound world of plucked, wind, and percussion instruments.
For five voices (and theorbo): Madrigals of Claudio Monteverdi
The five-voice madrigal developed as a genre in the sixteenth century and became a proving ground for young composers. Claudio Monteverdi, whose career bridged the Renaissance and Baroque, was one of these composers, as a teenager testing his skill in his early, Renaissance-style madrigals—but he later began to push the boundaries of the genre, with concertato-style madrigals that were as dramatic and complex as his operas. In our spring concert, we will explore the riches of Monteverdi’s nine books of madrigals, from pristine counterpoint to virtuosic showpieces.