Shiru l’Adonai – Sing to the Lord…

For immediate release: October 1, 2013
Contact: Bruce Carvell, CVSL Artistic Director

(314) 650-3817,

What: The COLLEGIUM VOCALE OF SAINT LOUIS will perform “Shiru l’Adonai – Sing to the Lord: Jewish Music of the 17th and 18th Centuries”, including an introductory lecture presented by Dr. Bruce Carvell, Artistic Director.

When: Sunday, October 13, 2013 Concert at 3:00 p.m.

Introductory lecture at 2:30 p.m.

Where: Central Reform Congregation
5020 Waterman Boulevard at Kingshighway Boulevard Saint Louis, Missouri, 63108

Cost: Free admission, free parking

The COLLEGIUM VOCALE OF ST. LOUIS is proud to present ”Shiru l’Adonai – Sing to the Lord: Jewish Music of the 17th & 18th Centuries,” a concert of Baroque sacred music on Sunday, October 13, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. The concert will be presented at Central Reform Congregation, 5020 Waterman Blvd, St Louis, MO 63108. Admission is free; ample free parking is available.

The Collegium will perform several historic compositions by Salamone Rossi (1570-1630), along with his contemporaries, Claudio Monteverdi and Giovanni Gabrieli who had an important influence on Rossi. Working in Mantua, Italy as a celebrated violinist with Monteverdi, Rossi published a collection of polyphonic settings of Jewish liturgical texts in 1622. While the rich musical tradition of the Jewish faith stretches back centuries, this is the earliest known attempt at merging the European polyphonic tradition with the Jewish liturgy. Another program highlight will be the ceremonial music performed at the dedication of the Synagogue in Siena in 1786. Composed by two local Jewish musicians, Volunio Gallichi and Francesco Drei, this music represents another step in the integration of contemporaneous musical styles with the Jewish liturgy. Written for voices and a small instrumental ensemble, this is music of great charm and expression.

Founded in 1996, THE COLLEGIUM VOCALE OF ST. LOUIS is an ensemble devoted to exploring the diverse and wide- ranging repertory of 17th and 18th century music for voices and instruments through historically informed performance. Its members are Nancy Luetzow, soprano, Roberta Hmiel, contralto, Willard Cobb, tenor, Bruce Carvell, tenor, and David Berger, bass-baritone. Funding for the concert is provided by MAC, RAC, Edward Chase Garvey Memorial Foundation, and private donations.