8PM, Mar. 14th 2014 at Fr. Madden Auditorium, Carr Hall, Pre-concert talk at 7:30
THE SORROWFUL MYSTERIES
Christopher Verrette plays Biber’s Rosary Sonatas for violin and continuo on The Agony in the Garden, The Scourging at the Pillar, The Crowning with Thorns, The Carrying of the Cross and The Crucifixion, his Passacaglia for solo violin and Hallie Fishel sings motets by Cazzati, Sances, Grandi and others. With John Edwards, theorbo, Philip Fournier, organ and Patricia Ahern, 2nd violin.
“Who can hear this
And falls not down and worships? In my fancy…
Fair-haired Calliope, on her ivory lute
But something short of this sung Ceres praises…
The motion of the spheres are out of time,
Her musical notes but heard.”
So the Roman Emperor Domitain praises the singing of Domitia Longina, his future wife, in Massinger’s play The Roman Actor.
We can’t promise to deter the motion of the spheres, or excel the performance skill of Calliope, but we can bring you music from a time when, poets and playwrights tell us, singers were better than the muses, lutenists were all like Orpheus, and composers aspired to stop, or at least wound time.