Cappella Artemisia Grand Canadian Tour Fall 2012

Cappella Artemisia is excited to annouce its Grand Canadian Tour of Fall 2012! The renowned Italian women’s ensemble of voices and instruments, dedicated to the performance of music from the Italian convents of the 16th and 17th centuries, is about to embark on a series of 20 (!) concerts between October 24 and November 20, in Vancouver, Victoria, Calgary and Edmonton, as well as smaller cities, towns and islands in British Columbia and the Yukon. The program will present music composed by and for cloistered nuns – remarkable women who are virtually unknown today but who can without a doubt hold a candle to their better-known male counterparts. They include the prolific Isabella Leonarda, author of 20 collections of sacred vocal music and the only complete collection of instrumental music composed by a woman in the entire 17th century; her Ursuline sister, Maria Xaveria Perucona, known only for a collection of motets published when she was 23 years old; Caterina Assandra from Pavia, composer and dedicatee of various motet collections; and the excellent and prolific composer Chiara Margarita Cozzolani from the celebrated Milanese convent of S. Radegonda. In the shadows of the Estense palaces in Ferrara and Modena, we find Raphaella Aleotti, director of the marvelous “concerto grande” from the convent of S. Vito, consisting of 23 nuns playing every sort of instrument, as well as Sulpitia Cesis, whose remarkable collection of motets specifically calls for the use of cornetts and trombones (instruments which were officially banned from the convents). Our concerts will present a panorama of music composed by and for Italian nuns and features an ensemble of Italian and American musicians drawn together specifically for this Canadian tour: 6 voices and basso continuo, joined for this occasion by two cornettists, Kiri Tollaksen and the world-renowned artist Bruce Dickey, our “guest nun”. For a full calendar of concerts, please visit our website: