Just in time for Carnival season, we present a chamber program made up of early baroque works from Venice and other regions of northern Italy. Often seen as a reaction against the controlled restraint of the late Renaissance, music in 17th-century Italy changed drastically, and the expressivity and emotional frankness of the music of Monteverdi and his contemporaries can be arresting, even today. So entrancing was this new style that musicians in Austria and Germany began to imitate this compositional style, either by studying and emulating imported music, or by living and studying in Italy with the masters themselves. We’ll perform an intimate program of old favorites and new discoveries, with virtuosic and impassioned works by Monteverdi, Merula, Uccellini, Strozzi, Bertoli, and others, performed by a small ensemble including violin, recorder, cello, dulcian, harp, organ, theorbo, and more.
As always there will be $5 student tickets available at the door, and K-12 students are free.
Please feel free to join us 30 minutes before the show for an informal talk by the artistic director about the program.