Piping Rock Singers
VESPRO DELLA BEATA VERGINE
(Vespers for the Blessed Virgin)
Friday, November 8 | 7:30 P.M.
First Evangelical Lutheran Church | 1311 Holman St.
This concert, with music composed by Claudio Monteverdi, will be performed by Piping Rock Singers’ 16 voice choir, and a full chamber orchestra led by director Kevin Clarke.
Monteverdi composed this piece in 1610 and it is often referred to as Vespers of 1610. The work is written for soloists, chorus and orchestra and includes both liturgical and extra-liturgical elements for the evening service vespers on Marian feast days.
Monteverdi's unique approach to each movement of the Vespers earned the composition a place in history. The work not only presents intimate, prayerful moments within its monumental scale, but it also incorporates secular music in this decidedly religious performance, and its individual movements present an array of musical forms – sonata, motet, hymn, and psalm – without losing focus.
The Piping Rock Singers is comprised of musicians drawn from the greater Houston area who specialize in Medieval and Renaissance music. The chorus was formed in 1995 and has given concerts at The Cathedral of Our Lady of Walsingham, Christ the King Lutheran Church, Trinity Episcopal Church, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church and St. Philip Presbyterian Church. The chorus has participated the Houston Early Music Festival, the Texas Renaissance Festival, entertained for Houston Grand Opera, and furnished music for weddings and funerals and other private functions.