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Tasso & Wert

Saturday, Mar. 23, 8:00 pm
Tickets $10-$87

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First Church in Cambridge, Congregational
11 Garden Street, Cambridge
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Blue Heron’s multi-season exploration of the Italian madrigal continues with a new program featuring settings of dramatic scenes by Torquato Tasso, with music by the great Giaches de Wert and others, and dramatic recitation by speakers in Italian and in English. A feast for lovers of poetry and music, the program will also include madrigals by Adrian Willaert, Cipriano de Rore, and the astonishing Luca Marenzio.

Torquato Tasso (1544–95) was arguably the most prominent poet of late sixteenth-century Italy. His poetry shaped the literary landscape of the time, its influence extending also to the visual arts and music. Late madrigal composers were especially fond of Tasso’s poetry, producing hundreds of settings.

At 7:30pm, Blue Heron welcomes the Handel and Haydn Society Youth Choruses Chorus of Tenors and Basses, Dr. Kevin McDonald, conductor, for a special pre-concert performance, free to ticket-holders.

Free pre-concert talk by Emiliano Ricciardi (University of Massachusetts, Amherst) at 7:00 pm.
Doors and box office open at 6:45 pm.

Concert run time is approximately 90 minutes.


All concert dates, programs and personnel are subject to change without notice.

Ticket purchases are non-refundable.

Blue Heron is pleased to be participating in the Card to Culture program by extending free tickets to EBT, WIC, and ConnectorCare cardholders.
Instructions for claiming a ticket via your card may be found by locating Blue Heron on’s list of Card to Culture Organizations for the Greater Boston Area

Doors open at 6:45 PM. If needed for mobility, use office entrance next to the playground on Garden Street; all others please use main entrance to the sanctuary.