The grandeur of Venetian polychoral music, where choir members sing separate parts from separate parts of the hall, will be on display as the University of Arizona’s Collegium Musicum takes the stage at the Arizona Senior Academy Monday (Nov. 4) at 7:30 p.m.
Directed by Brent Rogers, a doctoral candidate in choral conducting at UA, the Collegium Musicum is an ensemble of some 30 singers drawn from university students as well as local community members. The group specializes in performing choral music of the Baroque and Renaissance.
For this ASA performance, the Collegium will be joined by brass and string players as the ensemble splits into divided choirs for selections from the masters of Venetian polychoral style: Andrea Gabrieli, his nephew Giovanni Gabrieli, and Giovanni’s famous pupil Heinrich Schutz.
These composers cultivated antiphonal writing for divided choirs to exploit the acoustical characteristics of the San Marco Basilica in Venice, where multiple choir lofts were separated by considerable distances. The impressive sonority was commonly supplemented by instruments performing with the choirs.
The program will also include a cappella performances of Italian and English madrigals composed by Luca Marenzio, Thomas Morley and Thomas Weelkes, followed by a stylistic jump to Claudio Monteverdi’s Eighth Book of Madrigals.
Monteverdi’s “Volgendo in ciel per l’immortal sentiero” is a multi-sectional piece that incorporates innovations associated with the advent of opera, featuring obbligato instruments, aria-like solos, duets and trio passages as well as instrumental interludes.
This concert is made possible by a generous gift from Arizona Senior Academy members Joanne and Richard Kronauer.
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