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Venice Baroque Orchestra with Nicola Benedetti
February 20 @ 7:30 pm
There are few pieces of music as instantly recognizable as Antonio Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. And yet, as it is so often heard only in fragments, the complete piece still has the capacity to surprise and delight. 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 receives wide critical acclaim for its concert and opera performances throughout North America, Europe, South America, and Asia. This year the group is joined by violin soloist and Scottish rising star Nicola Benedetti, whose highly personal interpretations of Vivaldi’s work have been called “teasingly wistful one minute, electrifying and explosive the next” (The Scotsman).
Program to include:
GALUPPI: Concerto a Quattro No. 2 in G Major
AVISON: Concerto Grosso No. 8 in E Minor, after D. Scarlatti
GEMINIANI: Concerto Grosso for strings in D Minor, “La Follia”
VIVALDI: Concerto in D Major for violin, strings and basso continuo, RV 212a, “Per la solennità della S. lingua di S. Antonio in Padua”
VIVALDI: “The Four Seasons”
Committed to the rediscovery of 17th- and 18th-century masterpieces, under Mr. Marcon’s leadership VBO hasgiven the modern-day premieres of Francesco Cavalli’s L’Orione, Vivaldi’sAtenaide, Andromeda liberata, Benedetto Marcello’s La morte d’Adone and Il trionfo della poesia e della musica, and Boccherini’s LaClementina. With Teatro La Fenice in Venice, the Orchestra has staged Cimarosa’s L’Olimpiade, Handel’s Siroe, and Galuppi’s L’Olimpiade, and reprised Siroe at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York in itsfirst full staging in the United States. The Orchestra has been seen worldwide through several television specials, including films by the BBC, ARTE, NTR (Netherlands), and NHK. Highlights of these past two seasons have included concerts with mandolinist Avi Avital in Italy, Croatia, Germany, Spain, France, Mexico, and a twelve-concert tour of the United States and Canada; performances with contralto Marie-Nicole Lemieux in Paris, with contralto Sonia Prina in Moscow and St. Petersburg; performance in the Frauenkirche with soprano Karina Gauvin for the Dresden Music Festival, with countertenor Franco Fagioli in Essen and Paris, a tour of Japan and Korea with violinist Giuliano Carmignola, and a US tour featuring the orchestra’s ever popular and changing offering of Baroque concertos with member soloists. View the Artist Page for the Venice Baroque Orchestra
Nicola Benedetti is one of the most sought after violinists of her generation. Her ability to captivate audiences with her innate musicianship and dynamic presence, coupled with her wide appeal as a high profile advocate for classical music, has made her one of the most influential classical artists of today. With concerto performances at the heart of her career, Nicola is in much demand with major orchestras and conductors across the globe. Nicola begins the 1516 season by embarking on a tour of the UK and Dublin’s leading concert halls performing a personally curated program together with a specially formed ensemble. The commissioning of new works continues with the World Premiere of Wynton Marsalis’ Violin Concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra written especially for Nicola.
Other concerto performances include engagements with the Israel Philharmonic, Verdi Orchestra Milano, RSO Stuttgart, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Scottish Ensemble, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, National Arts Centre Orchestra Ottawa, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Symphony Orchestra, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and Tasmania Symphony Orchestra. View the Artist Page for Nicola Benedetti
“The combination of star violinist Nicola Benedetti and Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons is…a dream ticket.”— The Telegraph (UK)
“…it was thrilling to hear and watch Nicola Benedetti in a truly risk-taking performance that lived so much in the body and fused the sinews of the violin and the nerve-system of the player.” – Hilary Finch, The Times
“There’s a wildness in Vivaldi’s music that makes it so exciting, a sense of barely controlled fury in his huge, cascading waves of sound. But there’s also a heart-breaking vulnerability at its core, and the Venice players balanced them to perfection.” — Stephen Brookes, Washington Post
“That was just one of many displays of virtuosity from an orchestra of remarkable depth.” — James R. Oestreich, New York Times
“The energy sizzled. The satisfactions abounded.” — Andrew Adler, New Orleans Times-Picayune