What is the Reformation and Why is it so Important to Sacred Music?

from The Concise Guide to Western Music, Barbara Russano Hanning (Professor of Music, The City College and Graduate Center, CUNY) The Reformation began as a theological dispute that was set in motion by Martin Luther in 1517 and mushroomed into a rebellion against the authority of the Catholic Church and the spiritual leadership of Rome, the center of Western Christianity. …

Press Release: Consortium Carissimi presents Monteverdi’s Vespers May 12-14

Consortium Carissimi presents Monteverdi’s Vespers May 12, 13, and 14 SAINT PAUL, MN (4/17/17) – Consortium Carissimi, a local group devoted to showcasing the sacred and secular music of the early Roman Baroque, will present Monteverdi’s Vespers May 12th, 13th, and 14th, at several locations in the Twin Cities. Monteverdi’s Vespers is considered A madrigal performance with 10-part choir and …

The Vespers

In 1610 Monteverdi published one of his finest works, the Vespers, comprising a Mass, 2 Magnificats, 11 “motets,” and an orchestral sonata. In it he combines solos, ensembles, choral writing for one and two choirs of up to five voices each, orchestral ritornelli (some in six real parts), in addition to a sonata, and obbligati for various instruments. The style …

Carissimi Eight Motets

New Carissimi Eight Motets CD!

Our latest CD! Giacomo Carissimi was one of the most admired of seventeenth-century Italian composers. The maestro from Marino, near Rome, acquired a Europe-wide fame at an early age and excelled in church music. Commonly employing texts that modify or amplify passages from the scriptures, rather than taking those texts verbatim, Carissimi employed all his genius for vocal melodic lines …

Consortium Carissimi at The Twin Cities Music Festival

Join us on Sunday, August 14th for a Concert presentation of the Naxos releases of Music of Bonifazio Graziani (1604-1664.) We also would like to welcome back our guest conductor from Il Tirinto, Alessandro Quarta Our talented ensemble is comprised of the following musicians: Come out on a delightful summer evening of music in the beautiful Our Lady of Lourdes church …

REVIEW: Consortium Carissimi breathes life into 1672 opera

REVIEW: Bernardo Pasquini’s “Il Tirinto” is proven worthy of resurrection. By TERRY BLAIN Special to the Star Tribune From an aristocratic palace in the Castelli Romani, Italy, to the blasted concrete interior of the Ritz Theater in northeast Minneapolis: That is the extraordinary journey traveled by Italian composer Bernardo Pasquini’s “Il Tirinto,” a baroque opera first staged in 1672 by a …

Commedia dell’arte and Early Opera

by Jon Cranny – stage director for Il Tirinto As with much of western culture, it started with the Greeks – comic drama, commedia.  But alas only fragments of the Greek comedies survive.  We know, however, that the Romans developed the form into a significant art form.  And the comic drama they invented has served ever since as inspiration and …

Press Release –

Consortium Carissimi will present fully staged performances of Bernardo Pasquini’s La Sincerità con la Sincerità ossia Il Tirinto June 3, 4, and 5 PAUL, MN (Date) – Consortium Carissimi, a local group devoted to showcasing the sacred and secular music of the early Roman Baroque, will present La Sincerità con la Sincerità ossia Il Tirinto, written by Bernard Pasquini (1637-1710), …

Introducing Our IL TIRINTO Cast

Consortium Carissimi is proud to announce the cast for our upcoming opera, Il Tirinto, June 3-5 at The Ritz Theater: CAST INCLUDES: Laurinda – Linh Kauffman Rosaura – Bergen Baker Lisa – Gary Ruschman Celindo – Clara Osowski Lucimoro –Roy Heilman Sireno – Garrick Comeaux Filandro – Benjamin Sieverding Scarpiccia / Anselmo – tenore – Steve Staruch Iaccaccio / Taddeo …

The History of The Lute

You’ve been to early music concerts and noticed a rounded back instrument being strummed or plucked, reminiscent of William Shakespeare and harking back to the sounds of John Dowland – the lute.  But do you know much about this instrument? Recently I was doing a little research and came across this essay written by Jonathan Santa Maria Bouquet, an instrument …

Bernardo Pasquini – Italian Composer & Renowned Virtuoso Keyboard Player

Italian composer, Bernardo Pasquini was one of the foremost keyboard impresarios of his time. Born in Tuscany, he served in Rome from the 1660s as a highly connected organist, teacher, and composer ranging from operas, oratorios, cantatas, motets, and arias to suites, toccatas, variations and sonatas. A probable student of Cesti, Pasquini went on to teach students from many parts of …

Give to the Max Day in Minnesota

In its seventh year, GiveMN opens the giving floodgates once again to a roaring start!  Give to the Max Day, the annual 24-hour online giving spree matches donors with 40,000 fundraiser pages, and offer prizes to keep the enthusiasm going through the day. By 8:30 Thursday, $7,138,891 had been raised. How can you help Consortium Carissimi?  With your donation of $10 or …

Performing at The Twin Cities Early Music Festival

Consortium Carissimi is please to present an evening of the music of Bonifazio Graziani and Giacomo Carissimi as part of The Twin Cities Early Music Festival on Wednesday, August 19th at 8pm. The Program O Miracula Bonifazio Graziani (1604-1664) Amici pastori Bonifazio Graziani (Cantata #6 Opus XXV) Generoso pensiero Bonifazio Graziani (Cantata #3 Opus XXV) Venite, audite Bonifazio Graziani (Il quarto …

Performance of World-Premiere Recordings

Consortium Carissimi Will Present World-Premiere Recordings of Eight Motets of Giacomo Carissimi (1604-1675) on April 24 and 26 As its final offering of the season, Consortium Carissimi will present eight motets of Giacomo Carissimi (1605 -1674)—one of the greatest Italian composers of the 17th century—on Friday, April24, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 26, at 2 p.m. in the historic …

Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 – Not for the Faint of Heart

written by Douglas Shambo II, bass The music of Claudio Monteverdi can strike fear in the heart of the most technically capable singer; it can also create similar feelings of shock and awe for the typical modern listener. It is not that Monteverdi makes vocal demands that differ sharply from those of other composers of his day – historical evidence …

Monteverdi’s Marian Vespers of 1610

As its second offering of the season, Consortium Carissimi will present Claudio Monteverdi’s Marian Vespers of 1610 in the Chapel of St. Mary on Friday, January 2, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, January 4, at 2 p.m. The Chapel is located on the St. Paul Seminary campus, 2260 Summit Avenue, St. Paul.   In scale, Monteverdi’s Vespers was the most ambitious work …

Twin Cities Early Music Festival

Consortium Carissimi musicians will perform the music of Graziani at the 1st Edition of the Twin Cities Early Music Festival on Saturday, September 27th at 5:00pm, at Hennepin Ave United Methodist Church. This concert features the music of Bonifazio Graziani, which will also be highlighted on a future Consortium Carissimi and Naxos label CD release. Visit tcearlymusic.org for tickets and …

Pasquini Opera Selections

by Garrick Comeaux, Artistic Director Bernardo Pasquini (1637 –1710) is mostly known today for his keyboard music but was a prolific composer of vocal music which included: 18 Operas, 15 oratorios, over 50 cantatas, and a number of motets. In spite of the success of these works during his lifetime, this repertoire is rarely programmed in concerts today and virtually …

Facciamo un disco!

  One of the greatest personal rewards during the years while I lived and worked in Europe was creating musical recordings with various early music ensembles. While rehearsing for concerts, my colleagues would often discuss where they were headed after the final performance,  and often we heard,  facciamo un disco (we’re doing a recording). Recordings usually took five days, and involved a lot …