Cantigium Vocal Ensemble: Unheard Italian Masterworks from the Dresden Court

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February 4, 2017 @ 7:30 pm
St. Boniface, Northside
1750 Chase Ave
Cincinnati, OH 45223

cantigium2Cantigium Vocal Ensemble is perennially one of the most popular ensembles of the Festival. The flawless blend of voices, the exquisite attention to detail, the wide-ranging spectrum covering the 600 years of Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque music come together in unique events in acoustically beautiful spaces. This year’s venue, St. Boniface in Northside, is a gorgeous building with plenty of free parking. If you love a chamber vocal ensemble, and even if you think you don’t, you won’t want to miss this concert.

The royal court at Dresden enjoyed its golden age from 1694 to 1763. Under the rule of Frederick Augustus I (Augustus the Strong) the Dresden court was an extraordinary environment in which Italian music flourished, heavily influenced by the cultures of Florence and Venice. As a result, Dresden became an important center of European 18th century culture and attracted the best musicians from all over Europe. Tonight’s program features some of the unpublished, unknown, and unheard vocal masterworks from the Dresden court collection of the Saxon State Library, with and without instrumental accompaniment, by a range of composers from Anonymous to Zelenka.