When: November 3, 2023 8:00 pm

THE THEATRE OF SENSES | Cambridge University Chamber Choir and Collegium Musicum

Friday 3 November 2023 at 8pm
The Pembroke College Auditorium, Pembroke College, Cambridge

MONTEVERDI madrigals
STROZZI Silentio nocivo from Il primo libro de madrigali
CASTELLO Sonata quarta from Sonate concertate in stil moderno, libro secondo
MARINI Passacalio, Op.22 No.25 from Per ogni sorte di strumento musicale

NICHOLAS MULROY director/tenor
MARGARET FAULTLESS director/violin

Europe, 1603. There’s something in the air. Across the continent, figures such as Galileo, Kepler, Caravaggio, Cervantes and Shakespeare are reconsidering how humans see the world and how they perceive themselves. Claudio Monteverdi is their musical sibling, a revolutionary whose genius for portraying human truth gave birth to what we now call opera.

Join us for a programme that explores some of the greatest vocal music ever written, repertoire which sings of love, loss, desire, conflict, and heartbreak: the very essence of what it is to be alive.

Under the expert guidance of acclaimed violinist Margaret Faultless, and tenor, Nicholas Mulroy, the Chamber Choir and Collegium Musicum unite to provide a unique opportunity for the University’s finest student musicians to delve into historical performance practices and the treasures of early music.

Monteverdi’s exquisite madrigals, spanning his groundbreaking career, heavily influenced his contemporaries and future composers.

Barbara Strozzi, the daughter of renowned poet Giulio Strozzi, was not only a highly regarded composer but also a gifted singer. While only a few of her publications have survived, our concert offers a rare treat with her madrigal Silentio nocivo. The program also features captivating pieces by Biagio Marini and Dario Castello.

Don’t miss the first performance of the 2023 – 24 season by the Cambridge University Chamber Choir and Collegium Musicum. Immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of 17th-century European music and culture.

Standard: £22, £16 | Concessions: £20, £14.50 | Cambridge University Students: £5

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