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Schola Cantorum performs 'Vespers of 1610' Saturday in Santa Clara

To celebrate the 450th anniversary of the birth of Claudio Monteverdi, Mountain View-based Schola Cantorum is slated to perform his “Vespers of 1610” 7 p.m. Saturday at Mission Santa Clara de Asis.

Considered among the greatest compositions written for voices and instruments, “Vespers” is a collection of virtuosic choral works and intimate solo arias, interspersed with a variety of instrumental pieces.

Schola Music Director Gregory Wait said the liturgical environment of the mission is the perfect venue for the performance, due to its frescoed ceiling and iconography reflecting the Christian perspective of the piece, while the warm acoustics highlight the beauty of the music.

The Whole Noyse, an ensemble that specializes in performing Monteverdi’s “Vespers,” will accompany the 70-member choir, divided into 10 parts.

Dawn Reyen, Schola’s assistant director and accompanist, will join the instrumentalists, performing on the synthesizer organ. Singing soloists include Angelique Zuluaga, soprano; David Kurtenbach, tenor; Andrew Metzger, tenor; and Daniel Borup, baritone.

Mission Santa Clara de Asis is located at Santa Clara University, 500 El Camino Real.

Tickets are $30.

For tickets and more information, call 254-1700 or visit

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