Thursday, March 1, 7:30 PM, FAC Concert Hall
This Venice-based period-instrument ensemble specializes in vibrant performances of the works of one of that city’s native sons, Antonio Vivaldi, as well as other early-music composers such as Caldara, Locatelli, and Galuppi. The orchestra is known for their rediscovery of 17th– and 18th-century masterpieces and their revelatory pursuit of the essence of the compositions they play, which the Washington Post once described as “tearing the powdered wig off this music once and for all.” Their extensive touring has brought them to concert venues around the world; for this concert they will be joined by virtuoso musician Anna Fusek on wood recorder. “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.”—Washington Post
Pre-show talk in the Concert Hall Lobby at 6:30 pm.
$45, $35, $20; Five College Students and Youth 17 and Under: $15, $12, $10