Christine Gevert, the extraordinary conductor at the helm of Crescendo (the group that in 2014 won Chorus America’s Alice Parker Award for innovative programming), will be offering three unusual concerts this coming weekend. Gevert, whose prodigious talent has guided the group, will present “Ars Perfecta: The Perfect Art of Renaissance Polyphony.” This is a rare opportunity to hear a world-renowned vocal ensemble performing works by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina and his contemporaries, di Lasso, Nanino, Giovannelli, and Allegri. Palestrina, who had a profound influence on Giuseppe Verdi still to this day remains a seminal composer, influencing many 20th century composers like Arvo Part, György Sándor Ligeti, and others.
Gevert, born in Hamburg, Germany, grew up in Santiago, Chile. She returned to Hamburg and Berlin for her education. Returning to Chile, she became the music director the English-speaking Santiago Community Church. As organist Gevert toured South America with the chamber choir Collegium Josquin, which preformed primarily Renaissance and Baroque music. In 2003 Gevert founded Crescendo in the Berkshires. The group has been touring the United States ever since.
In various quarters of the globe Gevert has discovered unknown musical manuscripts and manuscripts thought to be lost. She has conducted master chorale classes and workshops at schools and universities throughout the country, as well as conducting premieres of numerous large scale works by Teleman, Biber, Zelinka, Jaime Soto León, and others. She has recorded with Berlin label Carpe Diem on historic organ and harpsichord and released over seventy Basso Continuo realizations for Amadeus editions in Switzerland. Last year she premiered two choral works on Chinese poetry by New England composers, which were commissioned for Crescendo.
Christine Gevert is currently music director at Trinity Episcopal Church, Lime Rock, CT. A YouTube video sampling of Crescendo singing can be found below.
Concerts will begin Friday 6 pm at First Congregational Church in Great Barrington, Saturday 5 pm at St John’s Church in Salisbury, CT, and Sunday 4 pm at St. Michael’s Church in Litchfield. Tickets may be purchased at http://www.worldclassmusic.org/buy-tickets
See video of preformance: