Music for the Soul
Polychoral splendors of Venice & Northern Europe

Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral

Music for the Soul
Polychoral splendors of Venice & Northern Europe

Sunday, March 20, 2022 at 4 p.m.

Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral
Washington, DC

Selections from:

Michael Praetorius
Polyhymnia Caduceatrix et Panegyrica (1619)

Heinrich Schütz
Psalms of David (1619)

Claudio Monteverdi
Selva morale e spirituale (1640/1641)

The leading center of 17th-century sacred music—the Basilica of St. Mark in Venice—could boast chief musicians such as Giovanni Gabrieli and Claudio Monteverdi. Gabrieli inspired the German-born Heinrich Schütz and other composers north of the Alps to adapt the Venetian style to the liturgies of German-speaking churches. We’ll hear examples of this impressive, grand tradition as it developed both north and south of the Alps, with multiple ensembles of singers, early brass, winds, and strings. This magnificent music creates a spectacular sound world of its own—a feast for the ears!


Crossley Danielle Hawn, Sara MacKimmie & Elijah McCormack, sopranos; Sarah Davis Issaelkhoury & Kristen Dubenion-Smith, altos; Andrew Bearden Brown & Matthew Loyal Smith, tenors; Mark Duer & Edmund Milly, basses


Julie Andrijeski & Allison Monroe, violins; John Moran, Leslie Nero & Niccolo Seligmann, violas da gamba; Jessica Powell Eig, violone; Nigel North & Dušan Balarin, theorbos; Kelsey Schilling, dulcian; Bruce Dickey & Alexandra Opsahl, cornettos; Greg Ingles, Liza Malamut, Mack Ramsey & Erik Schmalz, trombones; Paula Maust, organ

Read the Program Notes

Running time: 120 minutes, including intermission

Tamera Luzzatto, underwriter


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