Ars et Amici

Ars & Amici: Italy’s Ligurian Coast, February 2015

Ars & Amici toured Italy’s Ligurian Coast, February 11-23, 2015. We were based in the lovely town of Rapallo with day trips throughout the region.

  •  Portofino,  Mass at Divo Martino
  •  Rapallo, Mass at Basilica S Gervasio & S Protasio
  •  Bogliasco, concert with Coro S Maria di Bogliasco
  •  Rapallo, Mass at Santuario della Madonna di Montallegro
  •  Milan, Ash Wednesday service at S Ildefonso
  •  Genoa, concert at Cimitero Monumentale di Staglieno
  •  Genoa, concert at Basilica di S. Maria Immacolata
  •  Camogli, concert
  •  Monaco, Mass in the Cathedral

Our programs included sacred music by Croce, Scarlatti, Palestrina and chant, plus secular works by Nola, Azzaiolo, Monteverdi and Vecchi.  Instruments were featured in works by Mainerio, Gussago and Grillo, as well as accompanying the choir.

This is a self-funded trip; fees include hotels (breakfast and some meals), group transportation, local walking tours and visits to historical places.  Rates are per person/double occupancy; single rooms available at a surcharge.

Non-performing friends are invited to join our adventure.  Please contact Ars & Amici’s program director, Sheila Beardslee, sheilabb [at] verizon [dot] net, for further details.

Ars & Amici: Venice & the Dolomites, April 2012

Ars & Amici toured Venice and the Dolomites in April 2012. In addition to singing masses and presenting concerts, we enjoyed the beautiful mountains and valleys of the Trentino/Alto-Adige region and the glories of Venice.

Our first performance was a concert in Santa Maria Assunta (Pieve) with Coro Sass Maor, a well-known men’s chorus in the Dolomite region. Our two ensembles joined forces to sing two of the region’s most beloved song, “Signore delle cime,” and “Amici miei” (set to the tune of Amazing Grace). For masses in the mountain villages and on the islands of Venice, we sang works by Gabrieli, Croce, Marenzio, Handl & Anonymous; our consort performed instrumental works by Gabrieli, Priuli, Banchieri  & others.  In public concerts, we sang secular works by Monteverdi, Marenzio and Luzzaschi as well.


If you are interested to travel with us next time,  please contact Ars & Amici’s program director, Sheila Beardslee, sheilabb [at] verizon [dot] net.

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