2023-2024 Concert Season

Serenissima – November 4 & 5, 2023
Venice has been known as “La Serenissima,” for centuries: its formal name was “The Most Serene Republic of Venice.” The Queen of the Adriatic was a one of Europe’s wealthiest cities and and for well-to-do travelers from across the continent flocked, her famous Carnival season was a must-see stop. Debauchery abounded, and opera came to take center stage. Later, revelers could atone for their indiscretions in the splendor of St. Mark’s Cathedral, whose staff musicians included none other than Claudio Monteverdi. Music from 17th-century Venice featuring five vocal soloists accompanied by an instrumental ensemble, with works by Monteverdi, Caccini, Cavalli, Biber, and more. Click here to learn more.

Terremoto! – February 17 & 18, 2024
On the morning of All Saints’ Day in 1755, a massive earthquake struck off the coast of Iberia and Morocco, causing regional destruction and decimating Lisbon, the capital city of the wealthy Portuguese empire. Word quickly spread, horrifying Europeans and inspiring such works as Voltaire’s Candide and Telemann’s Donner-Ode. This concert will tell the story of the quake and its aftermath, featuring readings from contemporaneous sources interspersed among music from 18th-century Portugal, much of which has never before been performed in the US. Music for orchestra, choir, and vocal soloists by Teixeira, Almeida, Scarlatti, Rameau, Telemann, and more. Click here to learn more.