The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

February 19, 2014

Venice Baroque Orchestra to present works by Vivaldi and Boccherini


— LEWISBURG — Italian classical ensemble Venice Baroque Orchestra will perform in concert on Feb. 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts.

The performance is sponsored, in part, by Sam and Nancy Craig.

The evening’s program will include works by Vivaldi: Overture from Bajazet, RV 703, Concerto in C major for cello, strings and basso continuo, RV 400, Concerto in G minor for two cellos, strings and basso continuo, RV 531, and Concerto in D minor for cello, strings and basso continuo, RV 405; and by Boccherini: Sonata in C major for cello and basso continuo, n. 17 G 17, Concerto n. 1 in E-flat major for cello and orchestra, G 474 and Quintet in C major for two violins, viola, and two cellos, Op. 30 n. 6.

Founded in 1997 by Baroque scholar and harpsichordist Andrea Marcon, the Venice Baroque Orchestra (VBO) is recognized as one of Europe’s premier ensembles devoted to period instrument performance.

“Led by harpsichordist Andrea Marcon, the Venetians have been at the center of a Europe-wide revival of interest in period music and instruments. But this band of 16 virtuosos offers more than dusty scores and gut-string fiddles. It also has pioneered a spontaneous, near-improvised performance style that has had a liberating effect on classical players of all stripes,” says Chris Waddington of the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

The orchestra has received wide critical acclaim for its concert and opera performances throughout North America, Europe, South America and Japan. Committed to the rediscovery of 17th- and 18th-century masterpieces, VBO has given the modern-day premieres of Francesco Cavalli’s L’Orione, Vivaldi’s Atenaide and Andromeda liberata, Benedetto Marcello’s La morte d’Adone and Il trionfo della poesia e della musica, and Boccherini’s La Clementina.

Tickets for the performance are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors ages 62+, $15 for youth under 18, and $15 for non-Bucknell college students. Tickets can be purchased online at bucknell.edu/BoxOffice or by calling the Campus Box Office at (570) 577-1000.

Tickets are also available in person from several locations including the Weis Center lobby weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; the Barnes & Noble at Bucknell University bookstore in Lewisburg weekdays and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday, 12:30 to 4 p.m.; and the CAP Center Box Office, located on the ground floor of the Elaine Langone Center, weekdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The next performance in the Weis Center’s 2013-14 Series will be a free world music performance by Hungarian gypsy band Romano Drom on Feb. 26, at 7:30 p.m. at the Campus Theatre, 413 Market St., in Lewisburg. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. A dance class will be led by Stephen Kotansky from 6:45-7:15 p.m. on the Campus Theatre’s mezzanine. Both the dance class and the performance are free and open to the public; tickets are not required.