Touring Venice and Singing at San Marco

Today Women’s Voices Chorus spent all day in Venice, first taking a tour and exploring the city on our own, then providing the music for an evening mass in San Marco. In the morning, we had a tour of St. Mark’s Square, San Marco Basilica, and the Doge’s Palace, after which the choir members had several hours of free time for lunch and wandering through the city.

We met up in the early evening to sing at the 6:45 mass in San Marco, which was an amazing experience. The mass was held in a side chapel, and the four pieces that we sang were perfectly chosen for the occasion and space. We performed Giovanni Gabrieli’s Jubilate Deo and Adrian Willaert’s Regina Coeli, both of which were composed specifically for San Marco. As Allan noted, San Marco is a fascinating and important site for those interested in the history of European music. We also performed two beautiful American pieces, Randall Thompson’s Alleluia and selections from Lana Walter’s Magnificat. The final movement of Walter’s Magnificat has the double choir arrangement that’s characteristic of Venetian music like Gabrieli’s works, so it was particularly appropriate for this venue. It was a great pleasure to sing in such a historic and monumental space!

Here are a few photos taken during our visit to Venice today:

St. Mark's Square

St. Mark’s Square

View down a Venice canal

View down a Venice canal

Choir members Rachel, Laura D., and Laura G. wander through the Venice streets

Choir members Rachel, Laura D., and Laura G. wander through the Venice streets

The view from the boat leaving Venice after our performance

The view from the boat leaving Venice after our performance

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