April 14, 2016 For Immediate Release


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April 14, 2016
Contact: Dr. Bruce Carvell, CVSL Artistic Director
(314) 650-3817 or stltenor@att.net

O PRIMAVERA: Baroque Music of Spring

Sunday, April 24, 2016, 2:00 p.m.

Christ Church Cathedral, 1210 Locust Street
Saint Louis, Missouri, 63103
Free admission / Free parking

ST. LOUIS, MO, – THE COLLEGIUM VOCALE OF ST. LOUIS is pleased to present “O PRIMAVERA: Baroque Music of Spring,” a concert of madrigals and songs from Italy and England in the 17th and 18th centuries, accompanied by period instruments: recorder, theorbo, cello, and harpsichord. The concert will be presented on Sunday, April 24, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at Christ Church Cathedral, 1210 Locust Street, St. Louis, Missouri, 63103. Free admission and free parking on the adjacent church lot.

The program features several settings of Giovanni Battista Guarini’s famous poem, O primavera, two madrigals by Claudio Monteverdi and Heinrich Schütz, as well as solo settings by Luzzascho Luzzaschi and Raffaelo Rontani. The 18th century is represented by a duet by Alessandro Stradella, a duet cantata by Alessandro Scarlatti, and an anonymous cantata for contralto, recorder, and harpsichord. The program also includes an English song, The Bashful Lover, and a delightful madrigal by Thomas Weelkes. Many of these pieces will be heard in St. Louis for the very first time.

The venue, Christ Church Cathedral, is a fine example of Gothic Revival architecture complete with a belfry tower flanked by gargoyles. In operation since Christmas Day of 1867 and now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Christ Church Cathedral is the seat of the oldest Episcopal diocese west of the Mississippi River.

Founded in 1996, THE COLLEGIUM VOCALE OF ST. LOUIS is an ensemble devoted to presenting historically informed performances of a diverse and wide-ranging repertory of 17th- and 18th-century music for voices and instruments.

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