Choir of St. Luke in the Fields
and the Washington Cornett and Sackbutt Ensemble
David Shuler, director
Giovanni Gabrieli was the principal organist at San Marco in Venice, from 1585 until his death in 1612. His musical legacy is one of unsurpassed elegance and grandeur inspired by the elegant ecclesiastical architecture of this venerable institution. During Gabrieli’s lifetime, San Marco - not yet a cathedral - was the private chapel of the Doge, and was the epicenter of the sumptuous religious and civic celebrations that were so notably a part of Venetian life. Lavish ceremony required appropriate musical selections, and visitors to the city encountered splendid music and elaborate pageantry in the many feasts and celebrations unique to this gateway to the east. The program will include music from Gabrieli’s Symphoniae Sacrae - mass movements, motets (including the famous In ecclesiis) and canzonas, along with works of Gabrieli’s contemporaries.