Consortium Carissimi

Uncovering and bringing the long-forgotten Italian baroque music of the 16th and 17th centuries to 21st century audiences


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 the long-forgotten Italian baroque music of the 16th and 17th centuries to 21st century audiences. 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.

Coming in 2024!

An Update On Our New Organ!

Introducing Paolo Costa and his Exquisite Italian-Built Organ:

We are thrilled to introduce Paolo Costa, a talented musician and skilled instrument builder based in Vigonza, Italy, near Padova.

Paolo’s remarkable journey from singing in early music ensembles to becoming a renowned builder of harpsichords and portative organs has captivated us.

In this post, we delve into Paolo’s expertise, the story behind his current project, and the unique aspects of the organ he is constructing for Consortium Carissimi. Join us as we explore the music that will soon grace the ears of the world.

Updates From The Blog

I Season Opener: John Dowland, Don Carlo Gesualdo & Anne Bradstreet

August 26, 2022

OCTOBER 15-16 2022

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Review: Bonifazio GRAZIANI (1604 – 1664): Oratorios & Motets

August 24, 2022

The Consortium Carissimi deserves praise for bringing the music of Bonifazio Graziani to our attention. These discs are well worth exploring.

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Review: Gramophone Reviews Eight Motets CD

August 24, 2022

Garrick Comeaux leads the Consortium Carissimi – founded in Rome in 1996 and established in Minneapolis-St Paul 10 years later – in a fourth volume for Naxos devoted to their namesake: eight motets which, in their variety of forms and textures, capture the composer’s stylistic command. The performances are confident and secure, although there are some uncomfortable moments; generally, the…

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CANCELLED: III Oratorio for Holy Week: Luigi Rossi

August 24, 2022

MARCH 24-26 2023

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