Collegium Vocale of Saint Louis was founded late in 1996 by nine musicians.
On February 17, 1997, its first concert was presented as The Cantata Concert at the noonday series of the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
On the program was J. S. Bach’s “Coffee Cantata” and G. P. Telemann‘s “Jauchzet, ihr Christen.”
The concert was enthusiastically received, and the performers resolved to continue as a group. On October 27, 1997, the organization was incorporated under its present name and has given three or four concerts every year since that time.
CVSL is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) corporation. Your financial contribution helps us continue our mission of presenting historically informed vocal chamber music of the 17th and 18th centuries for St. Louis area audiences.
The core group of six singers performs with historic instrumentalists in architecturally significant spaces. Please consider making a donation. All contributions are tax-deductible.
Collegium Vocale of Saint Louis
5112 Westminster Place
St. Louis, MO 63108
BELOW ARE THUMBNAIL GUIDES TO POSTERS AND PROGRAMS
April 27, 2104
The Passion of Princes: Italian Music in the Habsburg Court, 1700-1732
Featuring rarely heard cantatas, duets and madrigals of’ Antonio Caldara, Carlo Badia, Giovanni Bononcini, Atillio Ariosti, and Giuseppe Porsile
April 27, 2015 – 3:00 p.m.
February 2, 2014
Johann Sebastian Bach: Faith in the Time of Tribulation Three Sacred Cantatas: Mache dich, mein Geist, bereit, BSV 114 Mein Gott, wie lang, ach lange?, BWV 155 Wachet, betet, seid bereit allezeit, BWV 70.
February 2, 2014 – 3:00 p.m – First Congregational Church of St. Louis
2:30 p.m. Pre-concert lecture by Dr. Bruce Carvell
October 13, 2013
Shiru l’adonai – Sing to the Lord: Jewish Music of the 17th and 18th Centuries.
October 13, 2013 – 3:00 p.m. – Central Reform Congregation
2:30 p.m. pre-concert lecture by Dr. Bruce Carvell
A Lover’s Tears: Madrigal Masterpieces from Books 6 and 7 by Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643)
May 19, 2013 – 5:00 p.m. – Christ Church Cathedral of Saint Louis
4:30 p.m. Pre-concert lecture by Dr. Bruce Carvell
February 3, 2013
Seid nüchtern und wachet, 1718; Erwacht, ihr Heyden kommt zu Hauf, 1734; Diese Zeit ist ein Spiel der Eitelkeit, 1709; Wer nach Gottes Wort fraget, der wirds reichlich, 1725.
February 3, 2013 – 3:00 p.m. – First Presbyterian Church of St. Louis
2:30 p.m. Pre-concert lecture by Dr. Bruce Carvell
German-themed reception after concert in Fellowship Hall
Opera in Hamburg, 1704-1705
Selections from Almira, G. F. Handel; Cleopatra, Johann Mattheson; Octavia, Reinhold Keiser.
October 21, 2012 – 3:00 p.m. – Concert – Koburg Hall, Concordia Seminary
‘Tis Nature’s Voice: An Evening of 17th Century English Song works of Henry Purcell, John Blow, Thomas Weelkes, William and Henry Lawes, and Tobias Hume.
May 5, 2012 – 7:00 p.m. – Concert – Christ Church Cathedral
Faith Under Fire: Four Sacred Cantatas by J. S. Bach presenting Bach’s earliest surviving cantata, BWV 150, Nach dir, Herr, verlanget mich, and three Leipzig cantatas featuring the oboe d’amore.
February 5, 2012 – 2:30 p.m. – Introductory lecture by Artistic Director Bruce Carvell, Ph. D.
3:00 p.m. – Concert – First Presbyterian Church of St. Louis
December 18, 2011
Unto us a Child is Born: Baroque Music of the Christmas Season works of J S Bach, Heinrich Schütz, Michael Praetorius, Giovanni Gabrieli, Alessandro Grandi.
December 18, 2011 – 3:00 p.m. – Pilgrim Congregational Church, St. Louis
October 16, 2011
Music of the Court of Emperor Joseph I (1705-1711) works of Emperor Joseph I, Antonio Lotti, Antonio Caldara, Francesco Bartolomeo Conti, Johann Joseph Fux.
October 16, 2011 – 3:00 p.m. – St. Louis Abbey Church/St. Anselm’s, St. Louis
May 7, 2011
Sacred Music of the German Baroque (1636 – 1753) works of Pachelbel, Schütz, Graupner, Tunder, Bernhard, Bruhns, Hammerschmidt, Weckmann and Ristori.
May 7, 2011 – 7:30 p.m. – Christ Church Cathedral, St. Louis
February 20, 2011
Sacred Music of Marc-Antoine Charpentier.
Introductory Lecture by Dr. Bruce Carvell
Lauda Jerusalem, Jesu Corona Virginum, Le Reniément di St. Pierre, Supplicatio Pro defunctis ad Beatum Virginem, Première Leçon du Jeudi Saint, Pro omnibus festis BVM
2/20/11 – 4 p.m. – Second Presbyterian Church
A Roman Holiday: Celebrating the 350th anniversary of the birth of Alessandro Scarlatti – featuring works of Carissimi, Durante, Frescobaldi, Gasparini, Rossi, and Scarlatti.
October 24, 2010 – 3 p.m. – St. Louis Priory Chapel
May 1, 2010
A Bouquet of Baroque Beauties cantatas, madrigals, and songs of Monteverdi, Handel, Telemann, Porter, and Sigismondo d’India.
May 1, 2010 – 7:30 p.m. – Christ Church Cathedral
Four Sacred Cantatas by Christoph Graupner Der Heiland ruht auf Flut und Wellen, Herr, wer wind wohnen in deiner Hütte?, Ach Gott und Herr, Ach, wie nichtig, ach, wie flüchtig.
February 28, 2010 – 3:00 p.m. – First Presbyterian Church of St. Louis
In These Delightful Pleasant Groves: Music of Gastoldi, Frescobaldi, Purcell, Lawes, and Weelkes.
November 6, 2009 – 7:30 p.m. – Second Presbyterian Church
Evenings in Siena: Featuring works of Agazzari, Saracini, Vecchi, Gallichi, and Drei.
May 2, 2009 – 7:30 p.m. – Christ Church Cathedral
February 15, 2009
Bach to Basics: From sin to salvation in Weimar and Leipzig.
February 15, 2009 – 3:00 p.m. – First Church of Christ, Scientist
October 19, 2009
Awake My Lyre: A Program of Baroque Cantatas.
October 19, 2009 – 3:00 p.m. – St. Louis Abbey Chapel/St. Anselm Parish
Hark the Wild Musicians Sing! Music that reflects aspects of spring composed by Monteverdi, Grabbe, Schütz, Porter, Purcell, A. Scalatti, and Priuli.
5/03/08 – 7:30 p.m. – Christ Church Cathedral
October 28, 2007
Music in Handel’s London: Featuring compositions by Marenzio, Morley, Steffani, Pepusch, Bononcini, Clari, Babell, Handel, Galliard, Farmer, East, Wilbye, Weelkes, and Anonymous attributed to Byrd.
October 28, 2007 – 3:00 p.m. – St. Louis Priory Chapel