Consortium Carissimi is thrilled to announce our return to the stage in LIVE performance after an 18 month hiatus due to COVID-19.

October 18 – Thank you to all who attended our concerts this past weekend. We are THRILLED to be back and performing in front of a live audience. Stay connected as we announce further concerts in our upcoming season either via our Mailchimp Newsletter or through our social media networks of Facebook & Twitter.

Season XIX 2021-22


In this concert, we will perform two oratories of our name’s sake Carissimi: Jonah and Jephte, probably his best known to our audiences.

Come hear the lively Jonas and the Whale and the stunning Jephte with Linh Kauffman singing Jephte’s daughter. Lutenist Cameron Welke joins the ensemble this season with solo works of Giovanni Girolamo Kapsberger.


These concerts will also be in collaboration with Michael Barone and the Twin Cities American Guild of Organists chapter. These guest organists will perform various works from the early Italian baroque period (Frescobaldi, Rossi, Merula, Storace, Alessandro Scarlatti) and other European composers with Italian connections (Froberger, Kerll, Muffat).

Saturday, 16 October 7:30pm
Sunday, 17 October 3:00pm

Performances will be in the sanctuary of Olivet Congregational Church in Saint Paul (change!).  Please plan for parking. Doors will open 1/2 hour prior to the performance.

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While the virus is still in flux, we will be taking this season in mind with the safety of our audience and musicians. Please stay in touch with our website and Facebook page for future concert announcements for the remainder of this season.


As always, thank you for your generosity and loyalty during the pandemic. We are still here because of you! Your donations are always welcome.

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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.