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 period instruments, this piece is sung not in the typical Bel Canto style we hear most often in vocal performances, but in a style that incorporates ornamentation such as trillo, a rapid repetition of the same note, trills, grupetti, apaggiature, and rapid melismas. These require the singers to employ their throat and breath in a way that is very dissimilar to Bel Canto.

Garrick Comeaux, Consortium Carissimi Artist Director, notes, “It is impossible to pull off this kind of production without the assistance of exceptional singers and period instrument players like we have assembled for these performances.” An exciting piece for audiences wishing to learn more about early Baroque, alternative vocal sound, and historical pieces, Consortium Carissimi presents this monumental piece in celebration of the 450th birthday of the composer. Kathy Saltzman Romey will be leading the gifted ensemble of musicians. Romey shared, “The Monteverdi Vespers of 1610 is an expansive work of incredible beauty and expression. As a listener, one experiences glorious, even opulent, large ensemble movements using multiple choirs of voices and instruments contrasted with intimate solo movements, which range from the most simple Gregorian melody to florid displays of virtuosic singing.  Needless to say, I am thrilled to partner with Consortium Carissimi in performances of this magnificent music.”

Performances will be held at the Cathedral of St. Paul on Friday, May 12th at 7:30, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Minneapolis on Saturday, May 13th at 7:30, and at the Church of The Ascension in Minneapolis on Sunday, May 14th at 2 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults, and people under 18 are free with a paid adult ticket. Seniors and MPR members can purchase tickets for $20; student tickets are $10 each. For more information about the performances, locations, and to purchase tickets, visit

Consortium Carissimi has been performing early Italian baroque music in the Twin Cities for ten years. Long thought lost or rarely played, many of the pieces are instrumental in forming the underpinning for more recent musical styles. This year the Consortium successfully combined jazz fusion with Italian baroque.



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