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This Music and Arts Series is an outreach of Grace Cathedral in Topeka, KS. Please take a moment to check out all of our upcoming concerts and Cloister Gallery events. You can also find out how you can get more involved or become a Friend of GREAT SPACES. With a dozen or more concerts each season and new artists featured monthly in the gallery, there is truly something for everyone.
The Spire Ensemble
Sunday, March 22, 5 p.m.
On Sunday, March 22 at 5 p.m., the world-class Spire Ensemble with Baroque instruments returns to Grace Cathedral to perform Claudio Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610. This musical composition of evening prayers was the most ambitious work of religious music before Bach. The structure and counterpoint of the West and the exotic flamboyance of the East met in Venice in 1610 – and the splendor resounded. With his choral masterpiece, Monteverdi forged a dramatic and vivid new musical style, evoking the struggle between the archaic and the revolutionary.
Monteverdi’s work utilizes an array of musical forms including sonata, motet, hymn and psalm chants. The choral parts demand exemplary musicians that often must sing up to 10 different parts at one time and also act as soloists. They are accompanied by a Baroque orchestra. Vespers has survived the test of time—more than 400 years old—because of its incredible beauty and The Spire Ensemble’s presentation in Topeka will take advantage of the Cathedral’s expansive acoustic and soaring Neo-Gothic architectural with the ensemble singing from multiple locations around the Nave.
Be a part of this living religious musical history!