TUESDAY / DECEMBER 15, 7:00–8:30 P.M.
Celebrate the season with Claudio Monteverdi’s transcendent Vespers for the Blessed Virgin, an evening prayer service for chorus, soloists, and instrumentalists. This tour-de-force sold-out performance by the Handel and Haydn Society, Boston’s renowned period-instrument ensemble, under the direction of the esteemed conductor Harry Christophers and led by captivating concertmaster Aisslinn Nosky, highlights the grace and mystery of this timeless work of praise.
The Vespers draws on elements of the sacred and the secular, from sonatas to songs, in a moving display of reverence, passion, and virtuosity that changed the course of polyphonic music. Originally presented in ecclesiastical spaces like the Basilica di San Marco in Venice, this Vespers is staged in the sublime Temple of Dendur in The Sackler Wing. Please note: This performance is prerecorded.
Harry Christophers, conductor
Aisslinn Nosky, concertmaster
Jeremy Budd, tenor
Mark Dobell, tenor
Margot Rood, soprano
Sonja DuToit Tengblad, soprano
Jonas Budris, tenor
Woodrow Bynum, baritone
David McFerrin, baritone
This presentation is supported by The Howard & Sarah D. Solomon Foundation.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art is on the island known as Mannahatta, now called Manhattan in Lenapehoking, the homeland of the Lenape people.