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Our 44th Season

Photo by Beth Albrecht

The Oriana Singers perform music that speaks to the emotional, intellectual, and physical experiences of life --shared with musical integrity, historical context, and passion.

Monteverdi Vespers of 1610 
October 28 & 29, 2023

Monteverdi created this stunning piece with the intention to impress. Join us, with City Voices Choir and a chamber ensemble of period instruments, for a rare live performance of this glorious, passionate work.

Claudio Monteverdi (1567–1643) stood at the musical transition point from the Renaissance era to the Baroque, and his music captures the beauty, passion, and brilliance of that moment in music history. His collection of Vespers pieces, Vespro della Beata Vergine, published in 1610, features choral and instrumental music of sublime power and beauty, vocal solos of operatic brilliance, and he even borrows the toccata from his own opera Orfeo to open this collection of sacred music. The Oriana Singers are the soloists in these performances and provide the vocal forces along with City Voices, the Oak Park-based community chorus. They are joined by an ensemble of period instruments. These performances bring to Chicago-area audiences a musical masterpiece that is rarely heard live.


October28:  First United Church of Oak Park

848 Lake St, Oak Park | 8:00 pm

October 29: St Josaphat Parish

2311 N Southport, Chicago  | 4:00 pm

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The Oriana Singers are supported in part by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency and the Oak Park Area Arts Council.

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