PROGRAMS

LAMENTO D'ARIANNA
The Story of the Italian Madrigal
The Madrigal was the most prominent genre of secular vocal music in the Renaissance and early Baroque. This program follows its evolution from the highly expressive polyphony of Cipriano de Rore, to the revolutionary madrigals by Claudio Monteverdi that shaped the Baroque era.

LUZZASCHI
Madrigals and Motets by Luzzasco Luzzaschi (c.1545-1607)
Luzzaschi, though hardly known nowadays, was in fact both musically and historically one of the central musical figures of the late Renaissance. This program explores great variety of his oeuvre; madrigals, motets, as well as his monodies and duets. More details here.

RAPPRESENTATIONE DI GIUSEPPE E I SUOI FRATTELI
A New Biblical musical drama telling the story Joseph and his Brethren
Biblical musical drama composed in the spirit of the first Operas by Elam Rotem.
Using the musical language and context of the first musical Dramas of Cavalieri, Caccini, and Monteverdi, the piece tells the story of Joseph and his brethern - one of the most touching stories of the old testament. The piece is written in Biblical Hebrew for five voices, instruments, and basso-continuo. More details here.

IL MANTOVANO HEBREO
Madrigals and Hebrew prayers by Salomone Rossi (c. 1570-1630)
A program portraying the Jewish Italian composer by highlighting the variety of his musical output, comprising Italian madrigals and instrumental music as well as unique Hebrew-texted music for the Synagogue. More details here.

 JERUSALEM, JERUSALEM - Lamentations by Emilio de' Cavalieri (ca. 1600)
Cavalieri's expressive setting of the dark biblical text combines old and new musical styles: beautiful and complex polyphonic sections alternating with highly expressive monodies and duets. 

 QUIA AMORE LANGUEO
Song of Songs and Dark Biblical Love Tales
Motets and Dramatic Scenes Composed in the Spirit of Early 17th Century Italian Music by Elam Rotem. This program presents motets inspired by the intimate and amorous madrigal genre as well as two pieces in the dramatic style of the genere rappresentativo. The motets set texts from the Song of Songs, while the dramatic scenes depict the dark love tales of Amnon & Tamar (Samuel II), and Samson & Delilah (Judges). More details here.

EGO DORMIO ET COR MEUM VIGILAT
Intimate devotional monodies and duets from the recently surfaced Carlo G. manuscript (ca. 1600-1620, Italy), presented alongside music of his contemporaries.
* Small ensemble of only two singers, harpsichord, and chitarrone