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MEDIA ALERT: Boston Early Music Festival presents Grammy-nominated orchestra Europa Galante in music by Haydn, Vivaldi, Bach, Handel and more.


Europa Galante (Italy)

Fabio Biondi, director & violin


Sunday, February 5, 2012 at 4pm
Sanders Theatre at Harvard University
45 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA


New Faces and Old: Music of Brioschi, Haydn, Scaccia, Vivaldi, Bach, and Handel

Brioschi: Sinfonia in D Major
Haydn: Double Concerto for Violin and Harpsichord in F Major
         Fabio Biondi, violin
Paola Poncet, harpsichord
Scaccia: Violin Concerto in E-flat Major
         Fabio Biondi, violin
Vivaldi: Concerto for Three Violins in G Major, Op. 3, No. 3
         Fabio Biondi, violin
Bach: Concerto for Two Violins in D Minor (BWV 1043)
         Fabio Biondi and Andrea Rognoni, violins
Handel: Suite from the Opera Rodrigo

TICKETS: Tickets are priced at $19, $38, $49, $66, and $100 each and can be purchased at WWW.BEMF.ORG and 617-661-1812; a $5 discount for students, seniors, and groups is offered by calling 617-661-1812. Subscription discounts of 10% are available with the purchase of three or more programs.

Grammy-nominated orchestra Europa Galante is in high demand across the globe with appearances in the most prestigious venues and festivals, including their October 2005 début with BEMF. They have dazzled audiences with their fiery passion and eminently stylish playing. They return to the BEMF stage in a program showcasing beloved music by Haydn, Vivaldi, Bach, and Handel, and rediscovered gems by Brioschi and Scaccia. The selections explore the transition between the Baroque and Classical periods as composers retained old styles but married them with more forward-looking ideas. This dynamic is mirrored in the featured composers, with familiar masters alongside newly recognized transitional figures.


Europa Galante has performed in many of the world's major concert halls and theatres includingLa Scala in Milan, Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Royal Albert Hall in London, Musikverein in Vienna, Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York and the Sydney Opera House. The ensemble has toured throughout Australia, Japan, Canada, Israel, the United States, and South America. Europa Galante often collaborates with the Fondazione Santa Cecilia in Rome to rediscover and restore eighteenth-century Italian operas such as Antonio Caldara's La Passione di Gesù Cristo. The ensemble has recorded extensively, earning four Grammy nominations including, most recently for Vivaldi’s Ercole Sul Termodonte at this year’s awards.

Fabio Biondi began his international career at the age of twelve, performing his first solo concert with the RAI symphony orchestra.When he was sixteen, he was invited by the Musikverein of Vienna to perform Bach's violin concertos. Since then, Mr. Biondi has performed with ensembles including Cappella Real, Musica Antiqua Wien, Seminario Musicale, La Chapelle Royale and Les Musiciens du Louvre. Since founding Europa Galante in 1990, he has established the ensemble as among the most internationally renowned Early Music orchestras in the world. Mr. Biondi also frequently collaborates with many varied orchestras as soloist and conductor, including Santa Cecilia in Rome, the Rotterdam Chamber Orchestra, the European Baroque Orchestra, the Opera of Halle, the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Norway, the Orchestre Nationale of Montpellier, and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. Since March 2005, he has taken on the role of artistic director for baroque music of the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Biondi plays an Andrea Guarneri Violin (Cremona,1686). He also plays a 1766 Carlo Ferdinando Gagliano Violin, owned by his teacher Maestro Salvatore Cicero and kindly lent to him by the Salvatore Cicero Foundation in Palermo.

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Recognized as the preeminent early music presenter and Baroque opera producer in North America, the Boston Early Music Festival has been credited with securing Boston’s reputation as “America’s early music capital” (The Boston Globe). Founded in 1981, the Boston Early Music Festival offers diverse programs and activities, including three Grammy-nominated opera recordings, an annual concert series that brings early music’s brightest stars to the Boston and New York concert stages, and a biennial week-long Festival and Exhibition recognized as the “world’s leading festival of early music” (The Times, London). The 17th Boston Early Music Festival is planned for June 9–16, 2013.

The 2011–2012 Boston Early Music Festival Concert Series is presented with support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, National Endowment for the Arts, ConstellationCenter, 99.5 All Classical, Harpsichord Clearing House, Zuckermann Harpsichords International, The Gregory E. Bulger Foundation, U. S. Trust/Bank of America Private Wealth Management, and GTC Law Group.

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