THE COLLEGIUM VOCALE OF SAINT LOUIS
1326 Dietrich Oaks Drive, Ballwin, MO, 63021 | A Not-For-Profit 501(c)3 Organization
April 14, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Dr. Bruce Carvell, CVSL Artistic Director
(314) 650-3817 or firstname.lastname@example.org
THE COLLEGIUM VOCALE OF SAINT LOUIS Presents
“Music for Rome!”
Basilica of St. Louis (The Old Cathedral)
209 Walnut Street
Saint Louis, Missouri, 63102
Free admission / Free parking
ST. LOUIS, MO, – THE COLLEGIUM VOCALE OF ST. LOUIS is proud to present “Music for Rome!” a concert of sacred Italian music performed in Catholic churches in Rome in the early 18th century. The concert will be presented on Sunday, October 23, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at the newly renovated Basilica of St. Louis (The Old Cathedral), 209 Walnut St. St. Louis 63102. Free-will donations are appreciated. Ample free parking is available on the adjacent church lot.
Rome has been the center of the Catholic church for centuries, always attracting the very best musicians and composers. Our program consists of outstanding examples of music that would have been heard in the churches of Rome. Included on our program are motets of Palestrina and Vittoria, representing the older polyphonic tradition. Also to be performed are solo motets and cantatas by noted composers Alessandro Stradella and Leonardo Vinci, typical of the ‘modern’ music of the Baroque period. Of special interest will be the performance of the celebrated Magnificat of Francesco Durante, which was one of the most admired compositions of the early 18th century. This piece will be performed in a five-part version with strings that has been newly edited especially for this program. The singers will be accompanied by an ensemble of period-appropriate instruments.
The Collegium is excited to perform this program in the resplendent beauty and resonant acoustics of the renovated Old Cathedral, which holds a special place in our local history. The recent nine-million dollar renovation of the Old Cathedral on the Mississippi riverfront included careful repairs and replacement of interior and exterior treatments with special attention to original design elements. This is a rare opportunity to hear this glorious music while experiencing the visual and aural beauty of one of St. Louis’ most important landmarks.
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 and has been presenting concerts to St. Louis audiences for over twenty years