- Friday | March 16, 2018
- 07:30 PM -
The program, “A Tale of Two Italian Cities,” features chamber music from Venice and Naples. Performers include Gwyn Roberts, recorder; Emlyn Ngai and Rebecca Harris, violin; Lisa Terry, cello; and Richard Stone, theorbo and guitar. Freewill offering.
Venice and Naples were Italy’s two principal musical centers in the 17th and 18th centuries. The two cities boasted active and virtuosic instrumentalists, who were employed by both sacred and secular institutions. And yet the cities’ contrasting political, economic, and social circumstances led to distinctly different musical aesthetics. In short, Venice was a party town, while Naples took itself a bit more seriously. The music that emerged from these two hotbeds of creativity reflects those realities.
The program includes music from the early 1600s to the 1720s by Venetian composers Antonio Vivaldi, Giovanni Valentini, and Giovanni Legrenzi, and Neapolian composers Pietro Marchitelli, Francesco Mancini, and Andrea Falconieri.
Fanfare magazine recently hailed Tempesta di Mare for its “abundant energy, immaculate ensemble, and undeniable sense of purpose.” Led by directors Gwyn Roberts and Richard Stone with concertmaster Emlyn Ngai, Tempesta performs baroque music on baroque instruments with a repertoire that ranges from staged opera to chamber music.
“Tempesta di Mare is one of the most exciting early music ensembles making music today. Given their international reputation, it is a special treat that they are based in our own state of Pennsylvania. Don't miss an opportunity to hear these marvelous musicians!”
– Mark Anderson
Artistic Director of the Pittsburgh Camerata
Director of Music Ministry at Shadyside Presbyterian Church