Sospiri del Celeste

Throughout history, musicians have been looking to the heavens for inspiration. The basis of Western music has even been ascribed to the movement of planetary bodies, from which a ‘music of the spheres’ was thought to emanate.

Sospiri invites you on a celestial journey through music from the middle ages, renaissance, and baroque, as we explore astronomical themes in songs about love, transformation, and even plague. From transcendent invocations, to poignant laments, Sospiri brings their signature bold approach to this fascinating program.

In partnership with the Bell Museum, we invite you to join us for a virtual concert, and then dive deeper into the concert’s astronomical themes and phenomena in a special presentation and discussion with Bell Museum planetarium educator Thaddeus LaCoursiere and members of Sospiri.

The concert and Bell Museum event are free and open to the public, but we always welcome your donations to help support our future programs and grow as an organization!


Nerea Berraondo, Mezzo-Soprano
Janna Kysilko, Soprano
Phillip Rukavina, Archlute and Vihuela
Bruce Jacobs, Portative Organ and Harpsichord
Joe Dolson, Baroque Violin
Ginna Watson, Baroque Violin, Vielle, and Rebec

Thursday, June 24th, 2021
8pm CDT Virtual Concert Premiere (concert only)

June 24 – July 9
Concert available online

Thursday, July 8th, 2021
Bell Museum Virtual Event
7pm CDT Concert Reprise, 8pm Live Follow-up

Make your free reservation!

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Special thanks to The Baroque Room, a 501(c)3 non-profit, for providing fiscal sponsorship that allows Sospiri to receive tax-exempt grants and donations.