Magnificat Announces 2009-2010 Season

Date: June 19, 2009

Magnificat to Perform Music from Critically-Acclaimed CD
Re-Composing Cozzolani - Magnificat to Perform Modern Premiere of Lost Work

On the weekend of December 4-6, the Magnificat Baroque Ensemble will perform music from their critically-acclaimed recordings of the music of Chiara Margarita Cozzolani in a recreation of a Midnight Mass from 17th Century Milan. Over the past decade Magnificat has performed and recorded the complete works of Cozzolani, a Benedictine nun who wrote some of the most innovative and expressive music of the Baroque Period. In addition to Cozzolani's setting of the Mass, Magnificat will perform five of her motets and traditional Gregorian chant.

The Christmas motet O paeclara dies will receive its modern premiere in these performances. Only two of Cozzolani’s four publications survived into modern times complete. The lone extant partbook from her first collection of motets, published in 1640, was destroyed in the bombing of Berlin in 1945 and the basso continuo partbook is missing from her 1648 collection of solo motets. Magnificat’s Artistic Director, drawing on his extensive experience with the composer’s music, has “re-composed” a bass part for one of the 1648 motets, O praeclara dies, and this work will receive its first modern performances in these concerts.

Like her sister, aunt, and nieces, Cozzolani took her vows at the house in her late teens. She had been born into a well-off family in Milan, and might have received her early musical training from members of the well-known Rognoni family, instrumental and vocal teachers in the city. Her four musical publications appeared between 1640 and 1650; later, she served as prioress and abbess at Santa Radegonda before disappearing from the convent's lists between 1676 and 1678.

These performances mark a decade since Magnificat first presented Cozzolani’s music to Bay Area audiences. Since then, Magnificat has performed her music several times on their own series, the Berkeley Early Music Festival, the Camel Bach Festival, Music Before 1800 concert series and for the Society for Seventeenth Music. They have recorded Cozzolani’s complete works for Musica Omnia.

The concerts will feature sopranos Catherine Webster and Jennifer Ellis Kampani; altos Meg Bragle and Kristen Dubenion-Smith, baritone Hugh Davies, and organist Hanneke van Proosdij. Magnificat's artistic director Warren Stewart will play baroque cello.

For tickets please call 800-595-4849 or visit our website order form at More information about the concert is available at Magnificat's blog and website.

Friday, December 4rd, 2009 - 8:00 pm - St. Patrick's Seminary, Menlo Park
Saturday, December 5th, 2009 - 8:00 pm - St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Berkeley
Sunday, December 6th, 2009 - 4:00 pm - St. Mark's Lutheran Church, San Francisco


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