VBO returns to South Florida
Sunday, March 5, 2017 at 8:00 PM
Venice Baroque Orchestra
St John (click here for map)
4760 Pine Tree Dr
Miami Beach, FL 33140
It was only really after World War II that the cult of Antonio Vivaldi began to become a world-wide phenomenon. In Italy Renato Fasano formed the Virtuosi di Roma in 1941, but it was only after the war that they began to tour the world. Their huge success at the London Proms demonstrated the hold that this music had on the younger audience, but it was also the energy and virtuosity of the playing that brought the audience to its feet. The Virtuosi were followed in the early fifties by I Musici, formed originally by Felix Ayo. They toured also and even more than the Virtuosi, always with great success. Several generations of players passed through that ensemble, including Salvatore Accardo and Pina Carmirelli. Is there something different about the Italian string playing tradition or is it simply that it is Italian?
The interest in early music, original instruments, and historically authentic style has since entered the scene. Andrea Marcon was a baroque scholar, harpsichordist, organist and teacher at the Schola Cantorum in Basel when he founded the Venice Baroque Orchestra in the late nineties. He brought this historical perspective with him, which not only changes the instruments which are played but also informs many details of articulation, bowing and, indeed, almost every aspect of performance. In the last fifteen years the VBO has toured even more extensively and probably made more recording than either of its predecessors and with much the same success. There are a number of baroque orchestras active today around the world. Almost all of them play Vivaldi along with other composers of the vast baroque repertory, Italian or not.
Does the reference to Venice explain this ensemble’s popularity? Probably not. There are indeed national string playing traditions, and pure pleasure in virtuosity and energy seems to be a common thread that joins these three groups.
The Four Seasons is now so familiar that we hear it in elevators and even as we wait for voice mail, but it is also a reference point in trying to define what makes an exciting performance. Certainly we have an essential curiosity to explore new music or newly rediscovered music. There is so much of it. There is pleasure also in hearing familiar music and thinking about performance.
Tickets for the performance are $35.00 General Admission, $45.00 or Preferred seating. Students up to the age of 18 are admitted free of charge. College and graduate students pay $5.00. For student ticket please email us at Info@MiamiBachSociety.org. All students will need to show their valid school ID.
Or Call 305-669-1376 to purchase tickets on the phone
*Clips listed here are representative of the artists and composer, but may be different
from those being played in the Tropical Baroque Music Festival program