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The Choral Arts Society of Washington presents: Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610

At the turn of the 17th century, composer Claudio Monteverdi had mastered the musical styles of the late Renaissance and began developing new musical techniques which evolved into the Baroque musical style. Vespro della Beata Vergine (Vespers for the Blessed Virgin) or Vespers of 1610 was the most ambitious work of religious music before Bach. In this piece Monteverdi brilliantly superimposes new music over the traditional Gregorian chants, combines sacred music with secular styles, and alternates the grandeur of the large ensemble with solos and duets. His mastery of the musical forms and styles of the time is showcased throughout the work and foreshadows the many musical developments to come. Join artistic director Scott Tucker, the Choral Arts Chorus, special guests The Thirteen, and an orchestra featuring cornets, sackbuts, theorbo, and more for an evening of musical splendor.