This Sunday, April 21, at 2 p.m., in the Stanley Hotel Concert Hall, the public is invited to come and welcome the Seicento Baroque Ensemble, Colorado’s premier Baroque choir, as it gets dramatic for the conclusion of their second successful season with a delightful program, “Divine Histories: Religious Ecstasy in Music.” Who doesn’t love a good story filled with drama and intrigue? Including music of the
Father of the Oratorio, Giacomo Carissimi, this concert brings to life the historic church’s orthodox answer to the appeal of "irreverent" opera. Age old tales of Jonah and the Whale, the Denial of Peter, and the “shock and awe” of tumultuous nature not only capture the imagination but also tell of the human condition. French and Italian baroque composers word paint these early oratorios, stories set to glorious music that breathes life into ancient dramas.
Artistic Director Evanne Browne leads her thirty-voice ensemble, period instruments, and soloists in music of Carissimi, Charpentier, Corrette and Gilles. One highlight of the concert will be Gaspard Corrette’s only surviving composition from 1703. Guest organist Gerald Holbrook used existing organ parts to reconstruct missing choral movements for the Messe du 8e ton pour l’orgue a l’usage des dames religieuses (though his choral parts are for “dames and messieurs,” “religieuses” optional.)
Admission for adults is $7 at the door, children and students admitted at no charge. For further information, please contact the business office at (970) 586-9519, or visit estesparkmusicfestival.org. For your convenience, there is additional parking behind the Stanley. Doors to the concert area open at 1:30 p.m.