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MEDIA ALERT: The Venice Baroque Orchestra joins forces with mandolin star Avi Avital in a thrilling program of Vivaldi and more

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ARTIST: Venice Baroque Orchestra (Italy)

Gianpiero Zanocco, Matteo Marzaro, Giacomo Catana, & Anna Fusek, violin I; Giorgio Baldan, Francesco Lovato, David Mazzacan, & Giuseppe Cabrio, violin II; Alessandra Di Vincenzo & Meri Skejic, viola; Daniele Bovo & Federico Toffano, violoncello; Alessandro Pivelli, double bass; Ivano Zanenghi, lute; Shalev Ad-El, harpsichord; Anna Fusek, recorder

Avi Avital, mandolin (Israel)
WHEN: Friday, March 13, 2015 at 8pm
First Church in Cambridge, Congregational, 11 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA
PROGRAM:  Virtuoso Vivaldi: Italian Baroque Concertos
Vivaldi: Sinfonia in A major for strings and basso continuo, RV 158
Albinoni: Concerto in G major for strings and basso continuo, Op. VII, No. 4
Vivaldi: Concerto for lute in D major, RV 93
Marcello: Sinfonia in G major for strings and basso continuo
Vivaldi: Double concerto for mandolin and recorder in G major, RV 532
Geminiani: Concerto grosso for strings in D minor, “La Follia”
Vivaldi: Concerto for mandolin in C major, RV 425
Paisiello: Concerto for mandolin in E-flat major
Vivaldi: Concerto in G minor, “Summer”, RV 315, from The Four Seasons
TICKETS: Tickets are priced at $19, $38, $49, and $66 each, and can be purchased at and 617-661-1812; a $5 discount for students, seniors, and groups is offered by calling 617-661-1812.

The engaging instrumentalists of the Venice Baroque Orchestra join forces with mandolin superstar Avi Avital in a thrilling program that highlights the stunning virtuosity of Vivaldi and the Italian Baroque. Hailed as “one of the world’s most adventurous and dramatic period-instrument ensembles,” (NPR), the Venice Baroque Orchestra has been a favorite of BEMF audiences and Early Music lovers from around the world. This magnificent collection of brilliant Venetian concertos features Vivaldi’s agile Lute Concerto and beloved “Summer” Concerto, both arranged for mandolin and performed by an exciting virtuoso who has been acclaimed for “exquisitely sensitive laying” and “stunning agility” by The New York Times.

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 has received wide critical acclaim for its concert and opera performances throughout North America, Europe, South America, Japan, and Korea. The ensemble has an extensive discography with Sony and Deutsche Grammophon and has been honored with the Diapason d’Or, Choc du Monde de la Musique, Echo Award, and the Edison Award. In addition to frequent radio broadcast of their concerts, the Orchestra has been seen worldwide through several television specials, including films by the BBC, ARTE, NTR (Netherlands), and NHK. They have been the subject of three recent video recordings, in Romania, Croatia, and Portugal.

GRAMMY®-nominated mandolinist Avi Avital is one of the world’s most exciting and enterprising musicians, deeply committed to building a fresh legacy for the mandolin through virtuosic performance and distinctive new repertoire, while celebrating the instrument’s classical roots. Equally proficient in numerous musical genres, he continually challenges perceptions and expectations of his instrument, and has established a reputation on the international classical music scene as a riveting performer, an inspiring musical collaborator, and a respected recording artist. He performs internationally as an orchestral soloist, chamber musician, and baroque specialist, while also venturing into the realms of jazz and World Music. Boston Musical Intelligencer has described Mr. Avital’s playing as, “electrifying to watch and hear … [He] takes the listener to the brink of wildest expectation and then leaps over those boundaries.”

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Recognized as the preeminent early music presenter and Baroque opera producer in North America, the Boston Early Music Festival (BEMF) has been credited with securing Boston’s reputation as “America’s early music capital” (The Boston Globe). Founded in 1981, BEMF offers diverse programs and activities, including one GRAMMY® Award-winning and three GRAMMY® Award-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 18th Boston Early Music Festival will take place from June 7–14, 2015, and will be highlighted by Claudio Monteverdi’s trilogy of operas: Orfeo, Il Ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria, and L'Incoronazione di Poppea. BEMF’s Artistic Leadership includes Artistic Directors Paul O’Dette and Stephen Stubbs, Opera Director Gilbert Blin, and Orchestra Director Robert Mealy.

The 2014–2015 Boston Early Music Festival Concert Series is presented with support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, National Endowment for the Arts, ConstellationCenter, WGBH Radio Boston, Harpsichord Clearing House, Zuckermann Harpsichords International, and The Gregory E. Bulger Foundation.

For more information, images, press tickets, or to schedule an interview, please contact Kathleen Fay at 617-661-1812 or email