THE CHORAL ARTS SOCIETY OF WASHINGTON OPENS 2017-2018 SEASON WITH CLAUDIO MONTEVERDI’s VESPERS OF 1610 with THE THIRTEEN

Friday, November 3, 2017
Washington, D.C. – At the turn of the 17th century, composer Claudio Monteverdi had mastered the musical styles of the late Renaissance and began developing new musical techniques which evolved into the Baroque musical style. In Vespro della Beata Vergine Monteverdi brilliantly superimposes new music over traditional Gregorian chants, combines sacred music with secular styles, and alternates the grandeur of the large ensemble with solos and duets. His mastery of the musical forms and styles of the time is showcased throughout the work and foreshadows the musical developments to come.
The performance forces include the Choral Arts Chorus, The Thirteen, and an orchestra featuring cornetti, sackbuts, theorbo, and more.