Magnificat's 18th Season - A Tour of Italy

For our 2009-2010 season, Magnificat will take our audiences on a grand tour through four Italian cities: Florence, Milan, Venice, and Mantua – where the "new music" of the 17th century was born. Along the way, we will hear a delightful puppet opera, a glorious mass for Christmas, a program of madrigals and motets, and the greatest masterpiece of the early Baroque. The season features music by two remarkable women and two pioneers of the "new music" of the 17th century. Each program is performed on Friday evenings at 8:00 pm on the Peninsula, Saturday evenings at 8:00 pm in Berkeley, and Sunday afternoons at 4:00 pm (except for April 23, which will be at 3:00 pm) in San Francisco.

La Liberazione di Ruggiero
by Francesca Caccini
with The Carter Family Marionettes

Oct 16-18 2009

Magnificat welcomes back the Carter Family Marionettes for a production of Francesca Caccini's La Liberazione di Ruggiero dall' Isola d'Alcina, the earliest surviving opera by a woman. The opera is based on Ludovico Ariosto's Orlando Furioso and features magical transformations, burning castles, winged monsters and of course, exquisite melodies.

Christmas Mass
by Chiara Margarita Cozzolani

Dec 4-6 2009

In December, by popular demand, Magnificat will again perform Cozzolani's setting of the Mass – this time as it would have been heard on Christmas Day. Mixing glorious polyphony, intimate motets, and traditional Gregorian chant, much of the music will be drawn from Magnificat’s critically acclaimed CD Messa Paschale.

Celesti Fiori
by Alessandro Grandi

Feb 12-14 2010

For our concerts on Valentine's Day weekend, Magnificat will feature songs about love - both spiritual and worldly - in a program that features soprano Laura Heimes and violinists Rob Diggins and David Wilson. Alessandro Grandi was a prolific and influential composer, well respected during his life, but rarely performed today - just the sort of repertoire Magnificat loves to explore!

Vespro della Beata Vergine (1610)
by Claudio Monteverdi

Apr 23-25 2010

In his famous Vespers collection of 1610 Monteverdi consciously melded the competing styles of old and new that fueled the great musical debate of the new century. Based on ancient psalm tones, the polyphonic settings of the Vespers offer a kaleidoscopic tour through the new musical styles that were evolving at the time. Magnificat will be joined by early wind ensemble The Whole Noyse in these performances marking the 400th anniversary of the publication of this remarkable music.

"Magnificat is a local treasure. Director Warren Stewart has his finger on the pulse of early music, regularly digging up and revivifying the most interesting music around, from Schütz and Rosenmüller to Cozzolani and Stradella."

San Francisco Classical Voice

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