Madrigals of Northern Italy

Come and experience enchanting music with the “Madrigals of Northern Italy” concert. This mesmerizing performance promises to take you on a journey through the timeless beauty of classical music, showcasing some of the finest compositions from the northern regions of Italy. It is a classical music concert that aims to bring the rich musical heritage […]

John Dowland, composer

John Dowland was an English composer, singer, and lutenist. Little is known about his childhood beyond the facts that he was born in 1563 and was a child prodigy. It was once believed that he was Irish and born in Dublin but some claimed that he was born in Westminster. His history starts around 1580 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Thoughts on Performance Practice

My interest in sharing this blog is to see what thoughts people have about performance practices today of late renaissance and early baroque music, sacred and secular. While in Italy, I was fortunate to spend a lot of time performing the music of those time periods. I spent several years singing in the Cappella Sistina […]


As many of you may already know, I formed Consortium Carissimi in Rome where I used to live. In addition to the music of the Roman composer Giacomo Carissimi, I became enamored with other composers that worked in Rome during roughly the same period. With the exception of Morales and de Victoria, the music I […]

Programming Italian Baroque Music

Welcome to this, my first blog post. Here I will talk about one of my favorite activities in life, programming early Italian Baroque music. I have three productions this coming season with my Consortium Carissimi, based in the Twin Cities. I usually transcribe the music for these concerts from manuscript or early prints, unless I find […]

Consortium Carissimi: Season VII

We are proud to announce our seventh season!  Tickets are currently only available for Program I.  Please check back later this fall to pre-purchase tickets for the remainder of the season.  We thank you for your continued support and welcome! Program I – Musica di Salamone Rossi  Salamone Rossi was an Italian Jewish violinist and […]