CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Jan. 19, 2007 — The Department of Music at Southeast Missouri State University will present a concert of vocal music featuring works for three female voices, “The Three Ladies of Ferrara–Virtuoso Vocal Music of the Italian Baroque,” at 3 p.m. Feb. 4 in Old St. Vincent’s Church.
The music on this program dates from the first half of the 17th century and was written by Claudio Monteverdi, Barbara Strozzi, Luzzasco Luzzaschi and others. In addition to trios by these composers, the singers also will offer Italian duets and solos. This music was inspired by an ensemble of female singers active in the courts of northern Italy in the early baroque and, although little heard, remains some of the most ravishing vocal music of the period.
The concert will be performed by three singers active in the St. Louis area, including a graduate of Southeast Missouri State University. Caroline Kraft (soprano), a 2001 graduate of Southeast, returns to campus with Emily Heslop (soprano) and Nancy Bristol (mezzo soprano). In addition to their individual appearances throughout the region, all three sing and record with the acclaimed St. Louis Chamber Chorus.
The singers will be joined by Southeast music faculty members Brandon Christensen (violin) and Jeffrey Noonan (lute, therobo). Christensen will perform a demanding sonata for solo baroque violin by Biagio Marini. In addition to accompanying the singers on the lute and theorbo, Noonan will offer a charming dance suite for baroque guitar by Ludovico Roncalli.
Tickets are available both in advance through the Performing Arts Box Office at (573) 651-2265 and at the door the afternoon of the concert. Senior and student discounts are available on advanced sales only, and all tickets will be the general public price of $7 at the door.