Thursday, May 19, 2022

Emerging Musicians to Perform Pioneering Baroque Music of Monteverdi

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Singers in the Chorworks summer program will give two public performances of works by the Italian baroque composer Claudio Monteverdi, under the direction of Chapel Associate Conductor Dr. Philip Cave. Both concerts are free and open to the public.

Madrigals of Love & War

Friday, June 17, at 7:30 p.m. in Goodson Chapel, Duke Divinity School

Under the direction of the Chapel's Dr. Philip Cave, singers in the Chorworks Young Artists Program perform a selection of madrigals by Monteverdi. A musical pioneer of the seventeenth century, Monteverdi's extensive output of eight books of secular madrigals display both his maturation as a musician and also chart a course from renaissance- to baroque-era composition with increased use of instrumentation and word painting. The pieces, which set Italian poems to music, also capture timeless human themes of war, love, courage, and heartache. Share the Facebook event.

Monteverdi's 'Other' Vespers

Saturday, June 18, at 7:30 p.m. in Duke Chapel

Singers in the Chorworks Young Artists Program, under the direction of the Chapel's Dr. Philip Cave, perform sacred music from the seventeenth century in Duke Chapel's towering Gothic sanctuary. Both a musician and a priest, Monteverdi is celebrated for his 1610 compendium of Vespers music; this program presents the flowering of his sacred music compositions in his second anthology of Vespers music, Selva Morale e Spirituale, written near the end of his life in 1641. The pieces—featuring soloists, chorus, and period instruments—are musical settings of traditional prayers from the Vespers and Mass services. Share the Facebook event.

Listen to a brief excerpt of Monteverdi's "Quel sguardo sdegnosetto" sung by ChorWorks instructor and soprano Molly Quinn:

For both concerts, paid parking is available on a first come, first served basis in the Bryan Center Parking Lot at 125 Science Drive. ADA parking is available in the Bryan Center Surface Lot at the same address.

Masking at the concerts is optional for those who are fully vaccinated. If you have not been vaccinated, Duke requires that you wear a mask in all Duke facilities. Read more about campus public health measures.

In association with Duke Chapel Music, the Chorworks Young Artists Program is taking place June 13–19 at Duke. This annual program is designed for musicians at the early stages of their professional careers, and provides training and performance opportunities with a focus on early music. This year's program is an in-depth exploration of the music of Claudio Monteverdi (1567–1643). Daily rehearsals and coaching are led by distinguished faculty, who will join the students in performances.