The Vassar College Madrigal Singers will perform musical settings from Battista Guarini's pastoral masterpiece "Il Pastor Fido" on Saturday, December 7, at 8 p.m. in the Skinner Recital Hall, Vassar College. Sponsored by the Department of Music, the event is free and open to the public.
The musical medley of Guarini's words was arranged by Madrigalist composers Claudio Monteverdi, Luca Marenzio, Giacches de Wert, and Sigismondo d'India. Kathryn Libin, assistant professor of music at Vassar College, will play the harpsichord. The concert includes readings from Richard Sheridan's translation of "The Faithful Shepherd" by Neil Worden, assistant professor of drama, and Vassar senior Victoria Legrand. Their rendition will also include references to two other famous translations of "Il Pastor Fido" by Thomas Sheridan and Richard Fanshawe.
"Il Pastor Fido" was one of the most highly regarded and popularly read works of 17th century Europe. Immediately following its publication, notable composers in every country began to translate their own versions of "The Faithful Shepherd" into a musical composition for a number of different voices.
The Vassar College Madrigal Singers are a group of 15-20 student musicians representing all four Vassar classes and a variety of academic majors. Drew Minter, who lectures and teaches voice and opera workshops at Vassar College, conducts the Madrigals.
Minter is regarded as one of the world's finest countertenors. He has sung with some of the leading baroque orchestras, including Les Arts Florissants, the Handel and Haydn Society, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, and Freiburger Barockorchester. A founding member of the Newberry Consort and TREFOIL, he also sings and plays the harp regularly with My Lord Chamberlain's Consort, ARTEK, and the Folger Consort.
For more information, call the Vassar College Department of Music at (845) 437-7294. Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Cathy Jennings, Office of Campus Activities, (845) 437-5370, as far in advance as possible to request reasonable and appropriate accommodations for the event.
Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.