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.
In 1610, Monteverdi 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
In every way, the Vespers changed music forever.
This work is a particular passion for Mr. Green. “I really love this work and I see it as the piece that, in many ways, ushered in the modern world of music. More than that, the act of performing, hearing and seeing this piece live, becomes a journey of discovery! The Vespers poses more questions than it answers, and that means that each performance needs to find a way to answer those questions. The answers are never the same and that’s what makes this work so exciting.”
Historic St. Anne’s is the perfect setting, offering some of the finest acoustics in the area. Joining the Chorale for these performances are sopranos Mary Bonhag and Jessica Satava, mezzo Melanie Regan, tenors Joseph Regan and Jason Rylander, and baritones Jason Hentrich and David Murray.
Tickets for Friday and Saturday are on sale now and are $40 for adults, $12 for students. There is a $4 or $5 per-ticket service charge for individual tickets. They are available online at www.liveartsmaryland.org and through the Maryland Hall Box Office at 410-280-5640 or www.marylandhall.org. Live Arts Maryland will offer patrons its free shuttle service from the Bladen Street garage. The free Student Rush ticket program will also be active.
The Annapolis Chorale Chamber Chorus is presented by Live Arts Maryland, one of the region’s largest and most active non-profit arts organizations dedicated to enhancing community life by performing and presenting high-quality music and providing music education for all ages. Live Arts Maryland is also home to the Annapolis Chorale, Annapolis Chamber Orchestra, Cantori and St. Anne’s Concert Series. The Annapolis Chorale is a resident company of Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts and is supported by the Maryland State Arts Council, the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County and the City of Annapolis.