Venice Baroque Orchestra, the world’s foremost baroque ensemble, will perform at the Kinnison Hall at Whitney Center for the Arts Saturday, November 3 at 7 p.m. Led by director Andrea Marcon, the performance will feature Anna Fusek, recorder, Gianpiero Zanocco, violin, Massimo Raccanelli and Federico Toffano, cellos, in a program of works by Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741), perhaps best known for his Four Seasons and Gloria. Program highlights include the famous “La Follia” variations by Geminani, the so-called “Goldfinch” flute concerto “Il Gardellino” where the flute is challenged to imitate the songbird, and many exciting Vivaldi concertos.
Sinfonia in G major for strings and basso continuo, RV 146
Double concerto in D minor, RV 535 for soprano recorder and violin
Concerto in E minor for violin, strings and basso continuo, RV 273
Concerto in B flat major for violin and cello, RV 547
Sinfonia in C major from the opera Il Giustino, RV 717
Concerto in G minor for two cellos, strings and basso continuo, RV531
Concerto in D major for recorder, strings and basso continuo, “Il Gardellino”, RV 428
(F. GEMINIANI) Concerto grosso in D minor, “La Follia” (after A. Corelli Op. V n.12)
Venice Baroque Orchestra’s mastery of 17th & 18th century masterpieces using period instruments, such as the Lute, Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass and Harpsichord, makes this 14-member ensemble the most sought after baroque orchestra in the United States. Tickets to this performance are available online at whitneyarts.org or at the Sheridan College cashier’s desk between 9am-5pm Monday-Friday.
Prior to its concert performance, Venice Baroque Orchestra will teach a masterclass to the Sheridan College Viol Consort Saturday afternoon.
“If you listen to public radio anywhere in the U.S., you’ve heard Venice Baroque Orchestra’s stunning performances of Vivaldi’s music,” said Whitney Center for the Arts director, Erin Hanke. “We are supremely fortunate to host Venice Baroque Orchestra at the Whitney Center for the Arts. The live sound created by this incredible ensemble will thrive in the acoustic of Kinnison Hall, which was designed for performances like this.”
About Venice Baroque Orchestra
Founded in 1997 by Baroque scholar and harpsichordist Andrea Marcon, the Venice Baroque Orchestra is recognized as one of the very finest period instrument ensembles. The Orchestra has received wide critical acclaim for its concert and opera performances throughout North America, Europe, South America, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and China, and has appeared in many more cities across the United States than any other Baroque orchestra in history.
Highlights of the 2018 season include two tours with countertenor Franco Fagioli, with concerts in London, Ljubljana, Versailles, Japan and China. The Orchestra’s annual US tour featured Anna Fusek on recorders. Recent festival appearances included Enescu Festival with mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožená, Grafenegg with harpist Xavier de Maistre, and Schleswig Holstein with mandolinist Avi Avital.
The Orchestra’s numerous recordings include Avi Avital in Vivaldi concertos for Deutsche Grammophon; Philippe Jaroussky in Porpora arias for the Erato label, which received a Grammy nomination; and a pasticcio of Metastasio’s L’Olimpiade for the Naïve label featuring the recording premieres of many 18th-century opera arias, which was awarded Choc du Monde de la Musique. The VBO has an extensive discography with Sony and Deutsche Grammophon. The Orchestra’s earlier discography on Sony with Mr. Carmignola includes The Four Seasons, previously unrecorded Vivaldi concertos, and a collection of Bach arias featuring Angelika Kirchschlager. The Orchestra has also been honored with the Diapason d’Or, Echo Award, and the Edison Award.