This celebrated masterpiece of music is unparalleled for beauty, musical vision, and grandeur. A rare event for the Rochester region!

Paul O’Dette, conductor
and 24 of the country’s finest musicians:
9 singers, 5 brass, 3 lutes, 6 strings, organ

April 19, 2015, 4:00pm
(pre-concert talk at 3:00pm with Monteverdi scholar Massimo Ossi)
Performance Hall
50 North Plymouth Avenue, Rochester 14614

Cast list:
Laura Heimes, Ellen Hargis, sopranos
Reginald Mobley, alto
Aaron Sheehan, Sumner Thompson, Steven Caldicott Wilson, tenors
Jonathan Woody, Ulysses Thomas, basses

Daniel Lee, Dongmyung Ahn, violins
Boel Gidholm, Jenny Valitalo, violas
Christel Thielmann, viola da gamba
Rob Nairn, bass
Bruce Dickey, Kiri Tollaksen, cornetti
Liza Malamut, Motoaki Kashino, Garrett Lahr, sackbuts
Paul O’Dette, Deborah Fox, Ryaan Ahmed, lutes
Leon Schelhase, organ

About the Vespers:
Monteverdi’s Vespers is, according to many, one of the most perfect pieces of music ever written. Written as an audition piece (ultimately successful!) for the post of maestro di capella at San Marco in Venice, this monumental work is the most ambitious piece of sacred music written before the works of Bach several generations later. Calling for forces of at least 24 performers (including 9 solo singers, strings, organ, lutes, trombones and cornettos), the piece ranges from the most intimate solos and duos to a splendid full double choir piece, including complicated counterpoint and a sublime instrumental sonata with a choir of sopranos singing chant above it. The huge scope of this piece, variety of form and style, and its beauty all illuminate the genius of Monteverdi.

Paul O’Dette:
A 2014 Grammy winner,
Rochester resident and Eastman School of Music faculty member, lutenist and conductor Paul O’Dette has been described as “the clearest case of genius ever to touch his instrument.” (Toronto Globe and Mail) One of the most influential figures in his field, O’Dette has helped define the technical and stylistic standards to which twenty-first-century performers of early music aspire. In doing so, he helped infuse the performance practice movement with a perfect combination of historical awareness, idiomatic accuracy, and ambitious self-expression. His performances at the major international music festivals around the world have often been singled out as the highlight of those events. Though best known for his recitals and his more than 130 recordings of virtuoso solo lute music, opera, and chamber music, Paul O’Dette maintains an active international career as an ensemble musician as well, performing with many of the leading early music soloists and ensembles. He is a member of the acclaimed continuo ensemble Tragicomedia.

with support from the Lennox Foundation, the Gouvernet Arts Fund at the Community Foundation, the Rochester Area Community Foundation, and Canandaigua National Bank