If you live in Toronto, love Vivaldi's Four Seasons and have a hankering for things Venetian, this fall must be heaven.
At the opera, a fabulous Death in Venice closed last week. Roy Thomson Hall hosted the Venice Baroque Orchestra a couple of weeks ago. And, tonight, the Royal Conservatory of Music welcomes Interpreti Veneziani, a period-performance powerhouse that concertizes almost non-stop -- at its home base at St. Vitus' Church in Venice and a hectic touring schedule.
This dozen-member group is the perfect size for an up-close-and-personal peek into orchestration while producing enough dynamic oomph to fill a medium-sized concert space.
Vivaldi's Four Seasons is part of a very enticing, virtuosic program:
Antonio Vivaldi: The Four Seasons
Niccolò Paganini: Variazioni di bravura for Cello and Strings
Luigi Boccherini: Fandango for Strings
Pablo de Sarasate: Introduction and Tarantella for Violin and Strings
For full concert and ticket details, click here.
Here they are, performing a bit of Autumn from Vivaldi's Four Seasons, from a CD:
CONSERVATORY BRIMS WITH POSSIBILITIES, INCLUDING PIECZONKA MASTER CLASS TODAY
The Conservatory's musical calendar overflows with riches, starting at midday, when soprano Adrianne Pieczonka arrives at 1 p.m. to give a master class. It's part of a series of free masterclasses by top artists that are open to the public. Next up are: violinist Andrés Cárdenes on Nov. 19; soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian, Nov. 26.; violinist Leila Josefowicz, Dec. 10; and pianist Leon Fleisher (a regular teacher at the Glenn Gould School) the week of Dec. 13.
On Sunday, violinist and new associate dean of the Conservatory's Glenn Gould Professional School Barry Shiffman leads a chamber programme with fellow faculty members at the beautifully intimate Mazzoleni Hall. Details here.