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Monteverdi 1610 Vespers with Dark Horse Consort

Location: Michigan, USA
Choir type: Chamber Choirs and Vocal Ensembles
This concert will be held at the historic Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Detroit, Michigan on Sunday, April 24th from 3 - 4:30 pm. Tickets are $30 adults or $15 for students, and are available from Eventbrite (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/monteverdi-1610-vespers-with-dark-horse-consort-tickets-20000503043). For more information phone 313-237-5782 or email sacredmusic@aod.org
 
Renowned early music ensemble Dark Horse Consort joins the up-and-coming chamber choir Audivi Vocem and a cast of early string specialists to present Monteverdi's liturgical masterpiece in a sacred context.
 
Noah Horn, the Wayne State University choral conducting professor who holds graduate degrees in choral conducting from Yale University, will conduct the work.
 
Monteverdi's unique approach to each movement of the Vespers earned the work a place in history. The work not only presents intimate, prayerful moments within its monumental scale, but it also incorporates secular music in this decidedly religious performance and its individual movements present an array of musical forms - sonata, motet, hymn , and psalm - without losing focus. The Vespers achieves overall unity by building each movement on the traditional Gregorian plainchant for each text, which becomes a cantus firmus in Monteverdi's setting.
 
The early music ensemble Dark Horse Consort is dedicated to unearthing the majestic late renaissance and early baroque repertoire for brass instruments.  Inspired by the bronze horse statues in Venice’s famed St. Mark’s Basilica, the ensemble attempts to recreate the glorious sounds of composers such as Giovanni Gabrieli, Claudio Monteverdi and Heinrich Schütz.
 
Audivi is a professional vocal ensemble based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Founded in 2013, Audivi harks back to a time when unaccompanied singing ensembles were considered the highest form of music in the world. Audivi focuses on presenting rarely heard Renaissance masterpieces and premiering new works by modern composers, as well as choral music from all eras. Its members have sung with professional vocal ensembles around the world, and have appeared on America's Got Talent. Audivi has performed at many events in the Detroit and Ann Arbor areas, including the Friday Night Live series at the Detroit Institute of Arts.
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