Consortium Carissimi presents its
2018-19 Season

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to our Twelfth Season. This season promises to be an exciting one with four projects. Two of these are reprisals of previously programmed concert which you the audience have asked to hear again. We open and close the season with these requested programs: The Magdalene Project and Early Baroque Meets Jazz. The Magdalene Project is the result of detailed research done by Dr. Kelly Harness of the University of Minnesota. At the heart of this program is the person of Mary Magdalene and the women who composed music about her and for special occasions of their religious life as contemplative women.

We commissioned jazz musician Jeremy Walker to compose new Madrigals set to the same texts of G.B. Marino that were popular with other early Italian Baroque composers like Claudio Monteverdi. This project has lots of other common threads, but the fundamental bass line is where it all starts for colorful melodies and harmonies to push out the emotions and sentiments of these beloved poems.

We are pleased to be part of an anniversary project created by MPR’s Michael Barone. Resonent Organa: 350th Anniversary of the Birth of François Couperin will highlight his Parish Organ Mass setting to be played by several Twin City organists. Douglas Shambo II will provide Parisian plain-chant renditions of the time and we will perform three delightful motets for three voices, violins and continuo. Resonent Organa is set for the Feast of St. Cecilia.

Our annual Consortium Epiphany Concert will feature two larger and perhaps more familiar works for our Twin Cities audiences. Vivaldi’s setting of Mary’s Magnificat and Bach Cantata 147 Herz und Mut und Tat und Leben for the Feast of the Visitation. Two Carissimi motets for Christmas will be also be part of this important concert tradition.

I trust you will share this with others and encourage family and friends to participate in these exceptional events. Welcome to our Season Twelve.

~Garrick Comeaux, Artistic Director / Founder

Project I – The Magdalene Project:
Celebrating Women Composers of the Early Baroque

Saturday, October 20 – 7:30pm
Sunday, October 21 – 3:00pm

Mount Olive Lutheran Church
3045 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis, MN


Project II – Resonent Organa: 350th Anniversary of the Birth of François Couperin
In collaboration with MPR’s Michael Barone

One Night Only
Saturday, November 10 – 7:30 pm

Chapel of Saint Thomas Aquinas
Saint Thomas University,
2115 Summit AveMinneapolis, MN

Project III – Epiphany Concerts 2019:
Music of Bach, Vivaldi, Carissimi

Saturday, January 5 – 7:30 pm
Sunday, January 6 – 3:00 pm

Chapel of Saint Mary at the Saint Paul Seminary
2260 Summit Ave, St Paul, MN


Project IV – Early Baroque meets Jazz:
Consortium Carissimi with the Jeremy Walker Ensemble

Saturday, May 11 – 7:30 pm.
Sunday, May 12 – 3:00 pm

The St Paul Conservatory of Music Concert Hall
(formerly the St. Paul-on-the-Hill Episcopal Church)
1524 Summit Ave, St Paul, MN