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Named for famous baroque composer, Giacomo Carissimi, Consortium Carissimi is a Minnesota-based performing ensemble with a mission to connect modern audiences with long-forgotten Italian baroque music of the 16th and 17th centuries. It performs live concerts, offers master classes, and releases recordings and publications to share this music.
"Uncovering and bringing to 21st century audiences the long forgotten Italian Baroque music of the 17th & 18th century through voice and historically informed instruments."
To listen at home, Find high-quality video recordings of their concerts here.
The Manuscript Library of Consortium Carissimi
Consortium Carissimi keeps a library of music with over 200 transcripts of works. Much of the libraries music has not been heard since it was first created hundreds of years ago. Through transcriptions and performance of these archives, this lost music is brought to a new generation. This is the only organization of its kind in the U.S.
Upcoming Consortium Carissimi Performances
The 2018/2019 season is the consortium's Twelfth Season and will include four projects. Two are reprisals of popular previous concerts: The Magdalene Project and Early Baroque Meets Jazz.
- The Magdalene Project is based on research by Dr. Kelly Harness of the University of Minnesota and features music about Mary Magdalene.
- The Early Baroque Meets Jazz was a commission by jazz musician Jeremy Walker. His new Madrigals are set to the same texts of G.B. Marino that were popular with early Italian Baroque composers like Claudio Monteverdi.
- Resonent Organa: 350th Anniversary of the Birth of François Couperin was created by Michael Barone of MPR. It hightlights his Parish Organ Mass setting and will be played by several Twin Cities organists. This concert is scheduled for the Feast of St. Cecilia.
- Consortium Epiphany Concert is Consortium Carissimi's annual concert. This year, it will feature Vivaldi’s setting of Mary’s Magnificat and Bach Cantata 147 Herz und Mut und Tat und Leben for the Feast of the Visitation.
Find Upcoming Shows on our Performing Arts Calendar.