7:30PM Dec. 8, 2014
St. Basil’s Church, St. Michael’s College, 50 St. Joseph Street, Toronto
INSPIRED BY VENICEThe Musicians In Ordinary string band led by baroque violinist Christopher Verrette, with soprano Hallie Fishel and the choir and soloists of St. Michael’s Schola Cantorum directed by Michael O’Connor in music by Monteverdi, Schütz, Schein and Grandi.
“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.