GHIRLANDA de MADRIGALI "A Garland of Madrigals"

Eliot Church of Newton

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Acclaimed vocal ensemble performs little-known romantic songs and madrigals written by Renaissance teenager Vittoria Aleotti

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  • $10 for one ticket to GHIRLANDA de MADRIGALI (up to $21.69 value)
  • When: Sunday, March 9, at 4 p.m.
  • Where: Eliot Church
  • Section: general admission
  • Door time: 3:30 p.m.
  • Ticket values include all fees.


Like Paul McCartney or Cole Porter, Vittoria Aleotti wrote love songs that make the heart flutter. But unlike those noted rockers, Vittoria crafted her songs when she was only fourteen years old—and living in a convent as a dedicated nun in the late 1500s. In celebration of this little-known prodigy—as well as their new recording of her works—the members of Cappella Clausura treat audiences to an afternoon of music from the Renaissance. Besides Vittoria's romantic madrigals, the program also features songs by English composer John Dowland, and those of Carlo Gesualdo, the Prince of Venosa known for his passionate music, chromatic and tonal experimentations, and highly publicized criminal activities. A reception celebrating the CD release follows the concert.

Cappella Clausura

Their "heavenly voices...exhibit impeccable unison tuning, liquid dexterity, and an ensemble tone color which, forgive the cliché, is pure gold," according to the Classical Voice New England. And to hear them, Boston Globe says, is to "eavesdrop on paradise." But the vocal ensemble of Cappella Clausura is more than a choral group. It's members are musicologists, introducing modern audiences to the often unheralded works of women composers from the last twelve centuries. Even their name pays tribute to this mission—"Cappella Clausura" is a reference to the cloistered nuns of 17th century Italy who formed the first community of recognized female composers, and the phrase serves as a metaphor for the cultural obstacles creative women have faced throughout history.

Led by master choral conductor Amelia LeClair, the core of eight to twelve male and female singers serenade audiences with masterworks of the middle ages that many listeners will likely hear for the first time. Past programs have illuminated the music of medieval times, the Italian Baroque, and the Renaissance, and have included the works of Hildegard von Bingen, perhaps the first woman to compose an opera, and Mariana von Martines, dubbed "the female Mozart" for her impeccable taste in buckled shoes.

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