VENICE MUSIC AND CONCERTS
In Venice there are many events in the
evening for people who like classical music. Some orchestras
frequently organize concerts inside of churches or ancient
"Great Schools". These special places offer to the
audience the same eighteen century atmosphere created by Antonio Vivaldi's music (called
"The Red Priest", because of his red hair). Other
remarkable masters of Baroque music in Venice were: Baldassarre Galuppi called
"Il Buranello", Tommaso Albinoni and Benedetto Marcello. We recommend the
main Venice musical groups as follows:
1987 have performed their own season consisting of more than 200
concerts at San Vidal Church and at Scuola Grande di San Rocco as well.
The talent of the members of this group, their expertise as soloists
and ensemble musicians and the high level of their performances have
earned the Interpreti
an enthusiastic welcome from both audiences and
critics. The group plays music by Vivaldi, Mozart, Albinoni, Corelli and Pergolesi.
In San Maurizio Church we recommend a visit to the Museo
della Musica (Venice Music's Museum), free admittance (from 9.30 to 19.00).
Information, tel. +39 041 2770561, fax
+39 041 2770593.
Concerts start at 9.00pm.
The San Vidal Church (San Vitale) was founded at the
end of the eleventh century during the age of doge Vitale Falier in honour
of the saint who had his same name. It was rebuilt towards the beginning of
the '700 by Andrea Tirali. The facade, of 1700, is in classical Palladian
inspiration style. In its interior some paintings of Giambattista Piazzetta
and Vector Carpaccio are still visible.
Ensamble Antonio Vivaldi
The orchestra Ensamble
Antonio Vivaldi starts with the joining of renowed musical
talents together, coming from the best known Italian musical
schools. International masters and singers will execute celebrated
music by Vivaldi, Mozart, Haendel, Albinoni and so forth. These elegant
concerts will lead you into a romantic atmosphere in one of the
most ancient and evocative churches of Venice: S. Giacometto,
traditionally considered to be the oldest in Venice (5th
Information: tel. +39 041 4266559, fax +39 041 5625055
Concerts start at 8.45 pm.
The date for the founding of the Church of S.
Giacomo di Rialto is 421, the very year that Venice
itself was founded. The fine Gothic entrance portico,
added subsequently, and the great clock built in 1410, give
to the facade its distinctive character. Substantial restorations
were carried out, however the simple Greek-cross
structure reproduces faithfully that of the original Byzantine
I Musici Veneziani
The orchestra I
composed by the most accomplishes Venice's virtuosos,
performs concerts and music dedicated to Vivaldi (The Four Seasons) and Opera Concerts
(Baroque and Opera) in which the internationally renowed soprano
and baritone singers perform the most enchanting music of the Baroque
period. The concerts, enhanced by 18th century costumes, are performed in
the prestigious Scuola Grande di S. Teodoro in Rialto.
Information, tel. +39 041 5210294.
Concerts start at 8.30pm.
The Great School of San Teodoro was built in
the same place where was rising the S. Teodoro (first patron of Venice)
Church. The School, sixth among the "Great Schools" of Venice, was ended
in 1613, while the facade in baroque style was built in the 1648. Inside
his interior are remarkable the Capitulating Hall and a Palma the Young
painting, "The Announcing Angel"
Virtuosi di Venezia
The orchestra Virtuosi di
Venezia reproposes in
its concerts the atmosphere and the genius of
Vivaldi's compositions. The Ensamble and the musical formation have
both been chosen to recall the exact
situation in which Vivaldi worked. Even the decision to perform in
the prestigious Ateneo di S. Basso in Saint Mark's Square
follows this direction: in fact it has the same dimensions
of the Venice Pietą Institute music hall in
which "The Red Priest" composed.
Information, tel. +39 041 5282825.
Concerts start at 8.30.
Ateneo of San Basso (ex San Basso Church):
it was founded in 1076, so, following a devastating fire, it was
rebuilt in 1676 on Belshazzar Longhena project. This religious
building was closed to the cult in 1810 as consequence to the
Napoleonic reforms on Venice. In its interior are valuable
the organ portelle painted by Gentile Bellini.
Ducale brings together
in one group musicians from the best orchestras of
Venice. The ensemble is prepared to execute a repertoire
ranging from the baroque to twentieth century music. Well-known soloists
contribute both to the whole of the performance and as featured virtuosos. The
orchestra has been performing in Venice since 1993. The concerts are performed in Santa Maria
Formosa Church and in the Prisons, linked to the Doge's Palace by the bridge of
Information, tel. and fax +39 041 984252.
Concerts start at 9.00pm.
Santa Maria Formosa Church was founded in the seventh
century, but rebuilt in 1492 on project of Mauro Codussi. It is located on the
homonymous square, one of the most characteristic in Venice. It has two facades,
that facing the channel was built in 1542, while that on the homonymous square
was built in 1604. The bell tower in baroque style was finished in 1688. In its
interior are valuable some paintings of Giambattista Tiepolo, Bartolomeo Vivarini,
Jacopo Palma the Old and Jacopo Palma the Young.
Musiche al Tempo
dei Dogi (Music of Doge's age)
We would like to point out this Festival that
performs concerts of ancient Venetian music throughout spring-summer
inside Church of Santa Maria dei Derelitti, located in Barbaria
delle Tole, near San Giovanni e Paolo Square. The Festival has been
organized in Venice since 2005 by Accademia Musicale Italiana. The repertoire
passes through different ages and styles: from ancient-medieval
music, Renaissance and Baroque, to the classic and romantic age, to
the new styles of the twentieth century, and to the classics of jazz music as well.
Information, tel. +39 041 526427.
Concerts start at 6.00pm.
The Santa Maria dei Derelitti Church is in baroque
style and was finished in 1678 on project of Belshazzar Longhena, which
planned also a famous Basilica of Venice, the Madonna della Salute. Among
the other internal paintings can be admired "The Annunciation" by Jacopo
Palma the Young and "Abraham's sacrifice" by Giambattista Tiepolo.
Furthermore are remarkable the chorus and the gilt organ. Santa Maria dei
Derelitti and its Music Hall are open on Fridays and Saturdays 3pm-6pm.
For further information phone +39 041 2719012.
Opera di Venezia
The orchestra Opera di Venezia, composed
by internationally renowed baritones and soprano, performs "All Women Behave
Like This" (music by Mozart), among the most extraordinary of his
works, or "Il Barbiere di Siviglia", immortal music masterpiece by
Rossini, probably one of the most well-known opera buffa all
time. Both operas are performed by "Opera di Venezia" integrally in stage form with
18th century costumes inside Scuola Grande dei Carmini (Santa
Margherita Square). Ticket price includes the guided tour in English inside of
the Tiepolo museum.
Information, telephone +39 041 0994371, fax
+39 041 5625055.
The museum tour starts
Concerts start at 8.30pm.
The Great School dei Carmini was finished in 1670 under the
direction of Belshazzar Longhena, the most famous architect of baroque age
in Venice. This School is considered very important for the big amount of
Giambattista Tiepolo paintings. The Superior Hall is valuable with the famous
ceiling, beautified by G.B Tiepolo paintings.
Concerts Season - Frari Church
Frari Church offers (Spring-Fall) weekly classical
music concerts (except Summer) performed by groups from
Venice, Italy and abroad as well. The repertoire passes
through Vivaldi to Bach and from Mendelssohn to Mozart.
The concerts performing music with organ are celebrated (there are
three operating organs inside of Frari Basilica). The concerts
are organized by the supervisor Ms. Margherita Gianola.
For information please address to Frari Basilica entrance
(phone +39 041 2728618, 9am-5,30pm), or by "Vivaldi Store" (near the Rialto Bridge, Venice,
S. Bartolomeo 5537/40), tel. +39 041 5221343.
Concerts start at 9pm.
Frari Basilica has been built by the Franciscan, brothers
of St. Francis of Assisi, replacing an older and smaller
sacred building located in the same area. The construction in
Gothic style has been very slow, from 1340 till 1443.
The Bell Tower is one of the highest in Venice (a.d. 1396).
Inside of Frari Basilica there are many masterpieces among which is
Canova Monument, the celebrated painting "The Assumption of Mary"
by Titian (the greatest painter of Venice), and the Wooden Choir.
In Frari Basilica were buried six Doges and Titian as well.
Inside of Canova Monument is located an urn which contains his
heart. The admittance costs 3 euros per person.
Orchestra da Camera di Venezia
Orchestra da Camera di Venezia performs two remarkable
concert seasons: in spring and in autumn. The group
has performed many concerts in Italy and abroad, taking part
moreover at a lot of classical music festivals and getting
a good success of critic and audience. All of their
music is played in the beautiful "Salone
da Ballo" of Ca' Rezzonico Palace, ancient house of the omonymus family
and actually seat of the "Museo del Settecento Veneziano".
Telephone and fax +39 041 5241143.
Concerts: h. 6,30pm, on Sundays only.
Musica a Palazzo
The group Musica a Palazzo, composed
by liryc singers with international experience, performs "La
Traviata" (music by Verdi), or "The Barber of Seville" (music by
Rossini), or "Love Duets" songs chosen among celebrated works. Concerts
are performed inside an historical building of Venice, the
Barbarigo-Minotto Palace on the Grand Canal.
The palace is located at a 5-minute walk from the Accademia
Bridge and at 8-minute walk from St. Mark's Square.
For info. phone +39 340 9717272.
Concerts start at 8.30pm.
The group Opera House, composed
by celebrated international lyric singers performs "La
Boheme" (music by Puccini), or "The Barber of Seville" (music by G.
Rossini), or "La Traviata" work in three acts (music by Giuseppe Verdi).
All the operas are performed inside one of the six main Schools
of the ancient Venice: the Great School of S. Giovanni Evangelista,
located at a 5-minute walk from both Piazzale Roma and the train station.
For further info., phone +39 041 0994371.
Concerts start at 8.30pm.
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