Exsultemus Performs Vecchi's "Night Games of Siena"

72% ($3,175)
August 31st, 2013
Raised $3,175 of $4,398

About The Artist


Exsultemus [ek-sul-TAY-mus] joins Boston’s leading young musicians to perform uncommon yet remarkable vocal works from the Renaissance and Baroque repertoire. Taking its name from the Latin “let us rejoice,” Exsultemus is modeled after small estate and chapel choirs and performs without conductor, requiring a close relationship between the musicians and resulting in vibrant, engaging performances. Since its founding by soprano Shannon Canavin in 2003, Exsultemus has presented nearly 50 original programs spanning eight centuries at the First Lutheran Church of Boston, where it is Ensemble-in-Residence, as well as with Cambridge Society for Early Music, Connecticut Early Music Festival, Society for Historically Informed Performance, Clark Art Institute, Wadsworth Atheneum, and Aachen...

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For the past ten years, Exsultemus has been dedicated to bringing remarkable yet uncommon vocal works from the Renaissance and Baroque eras into vibrant life for our devoted Boston audience.  To close our Tenth Anniversary Season, we have scheduled a rare modern performance of Orazio Vecchi’s delightful Le veglie di Siena (Night Games of Siena). 

Vecchi composed around the time when the Italian madrigal was becoming a virtuosic endeavor and the experiments of the Florentines were planting the seeds of opera.  His quirky musical tastes and sharp wit have been rather neglected by modern scholars. Published in Venice in 1604, Vecchi’s vivid work portrays three nights of literary and musical games organized in Siena by the members of the Academy of the Intronati with musical caricatures, tongue twisters, and madrigals of various humors. 

We are very excited to have the opportunity to perform this fascinating work, but need your help to make it possible.  Our budget for this concert is just over $5,000, covering our marketing, venue rental, concert production, and most importantly, artist fees for our six fabulous singers.  Thank you for helping to make this wonderful program happen!


  • Venue rental $450
  • Promotion $557.86
  • Recording engineer $200
  • Concert manager $100
  • Artist fees $3,840

TOTAL: $5,148 - $750 (Ticket Sales) = $4398

You can help Exsultemus present this rare performance of Vecchi's engaging work by supporting this project through BELTÀ!  Donations are tax deductible, and 100% of funds received are distributed directly to the artists.

Not comfortable donating online?  We accept donations via check as well.  Please mail donations to BELTÀ, 1712 E. Riverside Dr., Suite 47, Austin, TX 78741.  Be sure to mark "Exsultemus" in the memo line so that your support can be routed towards this project.