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You know the saying, “Dress for the job you want?” Claudio Monteverdi translated that into music, writing his monumental Vespers for the Blessed Virgin to score a prime position at San Marco in Venice. He did this by calibrating the musical style precisely to Venetian tastes, with a bit of Florentine zest thrown in.

That's one theory, at least. We're still not exactly sure why Monteverdi composed this multi-movement tour de force, or where or when it was first performed. Spoiler alert: Monteverdi got the job! And the work became a cornerstone of early church music.

Texas Early Music Project gave two outstanding performances of Monteverdi's Vespers back in May, under the expert direction of Daniel Johnson. If you missed the concerts, KMFA has you covered! Tune in to Listen Local on Friday, June 16 at 7:00 p.m. for heart-stopping polychoral works, operatic writing for small ensemble, and glorious strings and winds! Sara Schneider hosts.

This broadcast is part of KMFA's Listen Local series. This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department, the Still Water Foundation, Estes Audiology Hearing Centers, and Tito's Handmade Vodka. 

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