Monteverdi Vespers

Presented by Live Arts Maryland
Friday March 10 | 7:30 pm
Saturday March 11 | 8:00 pm
St. Anne's Church, Annapolis
Tickets: $45, $17 for Students


Ticket sales and Will Call will be available beginning 1 hour prior to show times at the door of St. Anne’s Church. 

1610 was a VERY big year.  Not only did Galileo first discover and identify the moons of Jupiter, composer Claudio Monteverdi was writing a revolutionary piece that “changed music forever,” says Live Arts Maryland Music Director J. Ernest Green.   It’s the essential human quest for knowledge that resulted in each of these monumental discoveries in 1610!  Discovery is what this concert experience is all about and no one can lead the voyage like J. Ernest Green will on March 10 and 11.  Expect his signature combination of knowledge and excitement when he talks about the Vespers at each performance.  

Monteverdi was possibly the most important musician of the first half of the 17th century.  Straddling musical eras, he perfected the traditional music of the late Renaissance and pioneered new compositional techniques paving the way for the Baroque period to come.  He composed madrigals and was an innovative opera composer, as well.

Not known for evolving quickly or being cutting edge, church music needed some freshening up.  Enter Monteverdi.  In 1610, he published a collection of church music, including a traditional setting of the mass and Vespro della Beata Vergine (Vespers), where he first showed his mastery of the new style.  In it, he joins the old with the new to produce a sound that must have shocked those attending the service.  Rather than the music they were used to, the congregation heard Monteverdi’s amazing blend of dramatic style that sounded more like opera than church music, with trumpets fanfares, multiple choruses, soloists and an orchestra – unheard of in those days.     LISTEN TO THE FIRST MOVEMENT!  link:

Discover this work for yourself conducted by Maestro J. Ernest Green and performed by the Annapolis Chorale Chamber Chorus, members of the Annapolis Chamber Orchestra and an amazing lineup of guest soloists link: in the perfect acoustics of historic St. Anne’s Church in the heart of  Annapolis.

Be sure to use our free shuttle service link: when you come!

All students are invited to attend this concert FREE.

Photo Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)


Friday, March 10, 2017 - 7:30 pm
Saturday, March 11, 2017 - 8:00 pm