Yesterday was my first concert singing with Cantori Domino. As one of the biggest choir dorks I know, the past two choirless years were a kind of hell for me. It feels good to get the cobwebs out of my vocal cords.
We sang Claudio Monteverdi’s 1610 Vespers, 400 years after it was written. We performed it with soloists, double choir, and orchestra. What amazing music; I loved the intricate counterpoint and how he weaved the Gregorian chants into each section. Monteverdi’s was the perfect time period where the Renaissance sonority met the rich Baroque sound, two of my favorite things.
I even had a tiny solo. Well, it wasn’t really a solo, because I sang two verses in Ave Maris Stella (one of my favorite tunes) in unison with two other people. I was even able to emit sound despite my customary stagefright. It took many cups of hot cider and the entire first half of the concert for me to warm up my voice.
I’m getting to know the choir members slowly. Even though rehearsals are no-nonsense (with a few jokes thrown in), I often snicker in the back row quietly to myself. I’m looking forward to the rest of the season.
If you’re curious about the piece we performed, I’d highly recommend the John Eliot Gardiner version.