Monteverdi Vespers

8:15 pm, Friday, 19 May 2017
Oude of Pelgrimvaderskerk, Aelbrechtskolk 20, 3024RE, Rotterdam (map)
Entrance: €27.50. Advance sales: €25 (single ticket) of €22.50 (10 or more tickets) - on-line ticket sales

3:00 pm, Sunday, 21 May 2017
Grote Kerk, Kerkstraat 20, 5211KG, ’s-Hertogenbosch (map)
Entrance: €15. on-line ticket sales.

This year marks Cappella Gabrieli’s thirtieth birthday. In 1986, Stichting Koorprojecten Rotterdam was created so that a small rotating group of trained singers couple prepare beautiful concert programmes. The choir often invited specialists to work on these programmes, including Harry van der Kamp, Frans Moonen, David Wulstan, Andrew Parrott, Ton Koopman and Uwe Gronostay. In addition, the choir made four CDs and performed the premieres of a number of works written especially for us. In 1999, we switched to a choir with a fixed membership, and under a new name: Cappella Gabrieli.

We shall celebtrate our thirtieth anniversary with two performances of Claudio Monteverdi’s Vespers, with baroque orchestra In Stil Moderno and vocal soloists. Conductor Maarten Michielsen explains why he opted for this work:

‘Art dedicated to Mary has always occupied a special place in religious art. Sacred music with a Marian theme was traditionally more expressive, more emotional, than conventional church music. Palestrina, whose style was considered the gold standard for church music in the sixteenth century, wrote in the preface of one of his motet collections: “I set this text to music, addressed to the Blessed Virgin, from Solomon’s Song of Songs. In addition, I used a more passionate idiom than in my other religious works, because it seemed to me that the poems demand it.”

‘It is no coincidence that another work dedicated to Mary made equally groundbreaking use of the seventeenth century’s new musical style. This revolutionary work used the innovations arising from the then still very early Venetian opera style for the first time in a grand spiritual work.

‘For Cappella Gabrieli, the choice of Monteverdi's Vespers, following our performance of the complete collection of Palestrina’s setting of the Song of Songs in 2014, makes complete sense. Palestrina’s settings are among hs best work, and among the the most beautiful music from the sixteenth century. After that, you naturally only want to sing the best music by composers who fit in the series - Palestrina, Monteverdi, Bach, Mozart, Debussy and Schönberg!’

We would be very happy if you would celebrate our anniversary with us, and the more, the merrier! We are therefore offering discounts for the concert in Rotterdam. For example, for 10 or more tickets, you get a discount of €5 per person. Don’t delay; the Pilgrim Fathers Church is not large!


Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643):
Vespro della Beata Vergine (1610)