Venice Baroque Orchestra

Thursday, March 1, 2018 at 7:30PM
Fine Arts Center 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.

Ticket Prices
$45, $35, $20; Five College Students & Youth 17 and Under: $15, $12, $10
Please call the Box Office to see if you or someone in your party is eligible for a discount.
Accessible Seating Available by calling the Box Office at 413-545-2511

Italian prix fixe dinner available at the UClub before the concert. Details at


Founded in 1997 by Baroque scholar and harpsichordist Andrea Marcon, the Venice Baroque Orchestra is recognized as one of the premier ensembles devoted to period instrument performance. The orchestra receives wide critical acclaim for its concert and opera performances throughout North America, Europe, South America, Japan and Korea,Taiwan, and China. It has appeared in more cities across the United States than any other Baroque orchestra in history.

Committed to the rediscovery of 17th- and 18th-century masterpieces, under Marcon’s leadership VBO has given the modern-day premieres of Francesco Cavalli’s L’Orione, Vivaldi’s Atenaide, Andromeda liberata, Benedetto Marcello’s La morte d’Adone and Il Trionfo della Poesia e della Musica, and Boccherini’s La Clementina. 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, its first full staging in the United States. Highly unusual for a Baroque ensemble, in 2010, the VBO premiered a major contemporary work in the United States, Philip Glass’s violin concerto The American Four Seasons.

The orchestra has been seen worldwide through several television specials, including films by the BBC, ARTE, and NTR (Netherlands), and has been the subject of three recent video recordings Its performances were also featured on Swiss TV in a documentary film by Richard Dindo, Vivaldi in Venice.

The VBO has an extensive discography with Sony and Deutsche Grammophon (DG). Their 2012 release on Naïve, a pasticcio of Metastasio’s L’Olimpiade, featuring the recording premieres of many 18th-century opera arias, was awarded the Choc duMonde de la Musique. It has also been honored with the Diapason d’Or, the Echo Award, and the Edison Award.

“Their euphonious blend came across handsomely, with a sound not far removed from that found in the palazzi and churches Vivaldi and his Venetian contemporaries performed in.” Washington Post


“This group performs at an extremely high technical level, displaying a wide expressive range and virtuosity.” South Florida Classical Review


“Founded in 1997, the Venice Baroque has attracted many of the field’s most interesting and prestigious soloists, primarily by combining rigorous group preparation with leader Andrea Marcon’s extraordinary scholarship. In perhaps his most famous musical coup, VBO founder Marcon located 15 concertos by Vivaldi that had never been recorded before.” The Independent

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Fine Arts Center Concert Hall, Chamber Seating

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Pre-show talk in the Concert Hall Lobby at 6:30 pm.

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Fine Arts Center Concert Hall, Chamber Seating

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