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Consortium Carissimi: L’Oratorio Romano, March 14 & 16, 2014

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Consortium Carissimi Presents L’Oratorio Romano

Friday, March 14, 7:30pm
Sunday, March 16, 2:00pm
The Chapel of Saint Mary at The Saint Paul Seminary
2260 Summit Avenue St. Paul, MN 55105

$20 for Adults (30-64); $10 ( Under 30 and 65+); $5 Students; MPR Members 2:1
Tickets are available at the door and online.
Free parking is available in lots P and Y next to The Chapel of Saint Mary.

Please join us for the second concert of our seventh season. We will be celebrating the 350th anniversary of the death of Bonifazio Graziani, a composer known as one of the “best kept secrets” of the early Roman Baroque period. He composed sacred choral works for Roman Jesuits around the mid-seventeenth century and his talent ranked him amongst the greatest of his contemporaries. This concert showcases the only two existing oratories of Graziani as well as six of his motets. The performance will feature 13 early-music specialists that include eight singers (three sopranos, two tenors and one baritone, two bass) and five instrumentalists (viola di gamba, lute, theorbo, portative organ and harpsichord).

Graziani’s masterpiece oratorio Adae is the Genesis story of Adam, Eve, and the serpent, narrated by different solo voices throughout, at times set for two and three voices. The second oratorio, Filii prodigii, is based on the New Testament parable of the Prodigal Son. Both of these oratorio works of Graziani are fine examples of his style of composition and the harmonies that are truly particular to him. Generally speaking, there was really very little mediocre music composed at this time in Roman history, and Graziani is no exception.

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