About Us

Consortium Carissimi

Consortium Carissimi was conceived of by Garrick Comeaux, Artistic Director, in 1996 while living in Rome, Italy. He founded Consortium Carissimi in 2007 as an official nonprofit, 501 (c)(3). This Minnesota-based performing ensemble has the mission of uncovering and bringing to 21st century audiences the long-forgotten Italian baroque music of the 16th and 17th centuries. It does so through live concerts, master classes, recordings and publications. Consortium Carissimi bears the name of the famous composer whose music was known for its simple, fresh approach to text, melody and accompaniment.

Much of the music that Consortium Carissimi performs has not been heard since it was first created in the 16th or 17th century—and it is only through the transcriptions of these original documents that this music may be heard today. The unique strength that Consortium Carissimi possesses is that it has in its library over 200 transcriptions of these long-forgotten works. Currently, there are no other organizations in the United States that have transcriptions such as these. As a result of this uniqueness, Consortium Carissimi contributes to the cultural vitality of the Minnesota community in four key and distinct ways:

  • Performances: the ensemble of mixed voices and instruments performs at least three concerts annually of repertoire from the Italian-Roman sacred and secular music of the 16th and 17th centuries.
  • Educational programs: Consortium Carissimi conducts master classes with educational institutions located in Minnesota and Tri-State area. Master classes include intense studies of vocal and instrumental practices of 16th and 17th century Rome.
  • Manuscript transcription and publication: Consortium Carissimi is the only organization in the United States that has in its library transcriptions of over 200 manuscripts of this time period, including the complete works of Giacomo Carissimi.
  • Recordings: Consortium Carissimi intends to extend public access to and knowledge of this musical tradition through digital recordings.
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Next Concert & Tickets

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Eight Motets of Carissimi
Apr 24th / Apr 26th

 

 
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Eight Motets of Carissimi Apr 24th / Apr 26th    

Audience Quotes

Ab fab! An unforgettable performance. Bravi tutti!

Monteverdi Vespers

2015-01-05T08:14:48+00:00

Monteverdi Vespers

This was a magical memorable experience.

True talent. Beautiful!

Monteverdi Vespers

2015-01-05T08:25:32+00:00

Monteverdi Vespers

True talent. Beautiful!

Oh, it was SO beautiful!!

Thank you all so much!

Monteverdi Vespers

2015-01-05T08:27:18+00:00

Monteverdi Vespers

Thank you all so much!

For me, this weekend was a dream come true –

still on cloud 9.

Monteverdi Vespers

2015-01-05T10:48:39+00:00

Monteverdi Vespers

still on cloud 9.

Spot On – Wonderful Show!

My 7 year old insisted on staying for the whole thing!

Monteverdi Vespers

2015-01-05T10:50:35+00:00

Monteverdi Vespers

My 7 year old insisted on staying for the whole thing!

Celestial!!

One of the most gorgeous and transcendent pieces of music ever written, and this was the first time we've heard it done live.

Monteverdi Vespers

2015-01-05T11:11:00+00:00

Monteverdi Vespers

One of the most gorgeous and transcendent pieces of music ever written, and this was the first time we’ve heard it done live.

Rivotting!

What an amazing collective of talent and style; I am SO glad I was there!

Monteverdi Vespers

2015-01-05T11:49:08+00:00

Monteverdi Vespers

What an amazing collective of talent and style; I am SO glad I was there!