Workshop takes note of Monteverdi madrigals

A rare opportunity for singers to spend a fun and relaxed day exploring vocal and stylistic techniques for singing Monteverdi’s madrigals

Join the 60-voice mixed choir and music director Peter Butterfield in a day of heavenly Renaissance and early Baroque harmony, Saturday, Feb. 16, St. Mary’s Church, 1701 Elgin St.

This is a rare opportunity for singers to spend a fun and relaxed day exploring vocal and stylistic techniques for singing Monteverdi’s madrigals and sections of his monumental Vespers of 1610, which the Victoria Philharmonic Choir performs in June.

Special guest speaker Susan Lewis Hammond, Director of Music at UVic and noted Monteverdi expert, will talk about the innovative, revolutionary  composer and how his work influenced western music for centuries.

The workshop runs from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with an informal performance at 5 p.m. Music will be provided. Cost of the workshop is $30, $15 for students; admission to the concert is by donation.

Registration and information go to  vpchoir.ca.