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This year, in honor of the “Jubilee of Mercy” declared by Pope Francis, Cappella Artemisia will celebrate its own 25th anniversary with a program of convent music composed both by and for cloistered nuns and printed in the Jubilee years of the Seicento. It will include a sacred contrafactum of a madrigal by Giovanni Nanino contained in a collection of Nova Metamorfosi and dedicated to Suor Ottavia Virginia Cattanea, organist at the convent of S. Orsola in Milan (1600); a Magnificat by the composer Leandro Gallerano dedicated to Signora D. Agnesina Dandolo at the Monasterio d’Ogni Santi in Padua (1625); two wonderful motets by the prolific Milanese composer, Suor Chiara Margarita Cozzolani (1650); a delightful “sacred concerto” by Suor Maria Xaveria Perucona, “excellent teacher of Music as well as admirable singer” (1675), and more.
This program is available with 5-8 singers and continuo. It will be premiered at the Modena Cathedral on September 28, 2016 with an ensemble of 6 singers, organ, viola da gamba and baroque harp.