Vespers

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

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

Daniel Lee, Dongmyung Ahn, violins
Boel Gidholm, viola
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

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

Open rehearsal! Come and hear our Vespers take shape, see how we put it all together! Free and open to the public, come anytime between 2:30 and 5:30pm on Thursday, April 16, at Hochstein. Introduced by Massimo Ossi.

with support from our generous donors, the Lennox Foundation, the Gouvernet Arts Fund, New York State Council on the Arts,  and Canandaigua National Bank

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About the Vespers:
The 1610 Vespers by Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643) 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:
Rochester resident and Eastman School of Music faculty member, lutenist Paul O’Dette has been described him 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, and is co-director of the famed Boston Early Music Festival.

Paul O’Dette, conductor and theorbo
Paul O’Dette, conductor and theorbo
Ellen Hargis, soprano
Ellen Hargis, soprano
Laura Heimes, soprano
Laura Heimes, soprano
Reggie Mobley, alto
Reggie Mobley, alto
Aaron Sheehan, tenor
Aaron Sheehan, tenor
Sumner Thompson, tenor
Sumner Thompson, tenor
Steven Caldicott Wilson, tenor
Steven Caldicott Wilson, tenor
Jonathan Woody, bass
Jonathan Woody, bass
Kurt-Owen Richards, bass
Kurt-Owen Richards, bass
Ulysses Thomas, bass
Ulysses Thomas, bass
Daniel S. Lee, violin
Daniel S. Lee, violin
Dongmyung Ahn, violin
Dongmyung Ahn, violin
Boel Gidholm, viola
Boel Gidholm, viola
Rob Nairn, bass
Rob Nairn, bass
Bruce Dickey, cornetto
Bruce Dickey, cornetto
Kiri Tollaksen, cornetto
Kiri Tollaksen, cornetto
Liza Malamut, sackbut
Liza Malamut, sackbut
Motoaki Kashino, sackbut
Motoaki Kashino, sackbut
Garrett Lahr, sackbut
Garrett Lahr, sackbut
Deborah Fox, theorbo
Deborah Fox, theorbo
Ryaan Ahmed, lute
Ryaan Ahmed, lute
Leon Schelhase, organ
Leon Schelhase, organ