Serenissima will be an extravaganza of music from and inspired by 17th-century Venice. Known as "La Serenissima," the Queen of the Adriatic was a one of the wealthiest cities in Europe, and people from across the continent flocked to her canals and back-alleys for her famous Carnival season. During this anything-goes time, drinking and debauchery abounded, and opera came to take center stage, putting Venetian republican ideals and social mores on display for all to see. After their misbehavior, revelers could atone for their indiscretions while basking in the splendor of the music of St. Mark's Cathedral, whose staff musicians included luminaries like Andrea and Giovanni Gabrieli, and even Claudio Monteverdi himself. We'll perform a selection of chamber, sacred, and operatic music from Venice, featuring five vocal soloists accompanied by an intimate instrumental ensemble. Music by Monteverdi, Cavalli, Biber, and more.
Saturday, November 4, 2023 – 7:30PM
The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd
3201 Windsor Rd. • Austin, TX 78703 (map)
Click here for concert program.
As always there will be $5 student tickets available at the door, and K-12 students are free with parent/guardian admission.
A limited number of pay-what-you-can tickets are available at the door at both programs;
patrons are asked simply to offer us what they are able, with no questions asked and no judgment passed.
We believe the arts are our collective cultural heritage and should be available to all regardless of financial means.
Please feel free to join us 30 minutes before the show for an informal talk by the artistic director about the program.