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They’ll Be Bach: Tempesta di Mare Plays Brandenberg Concertos and More This Weekend

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Orchestra group shot. Mark GarvinThe city will be alive with the sound of Baroque music this weekend when Tempesta di MarePhiladelphia’s Baroque orchestra, joins forces with Baltimore’s Pro Musica Rara to present Concerto all VenetianaThrough this collaboration, Tempesta di Mare explores some of Bach’s Brandenberg Concertos as an entry point into the rich tapestry of Baroque styles and composers whose works are seldom heard in modern times. 

Concerto alla Venetiana showcases these Baroque musical pieces:

 

·       Concerto “La Tempesta di Mare,” RV 570 for flute and oboe, by Antonio Vivaldi

·       Concerto da chiesa in G minor for Violin, by Johann Georg Pisendel

·       Concerto Grosso in D, S 226 for flute, oboe, violin, cello and theorbo, by Johann David Heinichen

·       Brandenberg Concerto No. 3, BWV 1048 for strings, by Johann Sebastian Bach

·       Concerto in G, RV 575 for two violins and two cellos, by Antonio Vivaldi

·       Brandenberg Concerto No. 2, VWV 1047 for trumpet, recorder, oboe and violin, by Johann Sebastian Bach

 

According to Gwyn Roberts, Artistic Co-Director of Tempesta di Mare, the program will introduce newcomers and classical music aficionados to the connection between music created in Venice, Italy, and that composed in Leipzig, Germany, during the Baroque era. Through the various selections, audiences will hear how the earlier works of Vivaldi, Pisendel and Heinichen influenced Bach’s composition of the Brandenberg Concertos. 

 

Concerto al Venetiana features principal musicians from Tempesta di Mare and Pro Musica Rara, and this marks the first appearance of the Baltimore-based chamber group in Philadelphia. However, the musicians are no strangers to each other. 


“While this is our first collaboration, the members and directors of the two groups have played together for many years, both in each others’ ensembles and for other groups,” Roberts said. For example, Roberts and Artistic Co-Director Richard Stone have both appeared as guest artists with Pro Music Rara in recent seasons. 

“For Pro Musica Rara, a small chamber group, the collaboration with a full-size orchestra like Tempesta di Mare presents an extraordinary opportunity to showcase this repertoire as we pair complementing instruments from each ensemble,” said Allen Whear, Pro Musica Rara’s artistic director. “Playing together is a public expression of our musical friendship.” 


“Both ensembles present creative programming of Baroque music in their respective cities,” Stone said. “It is a great chance for each group’s audiences to learn about the other group.” 

Friday night’s performance will be held at the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill (8855 Germantown Ave.), and Saturday night’s performance will be at Old St. Joseph’s Church (321 Willing Alley, between 4th and Walnut Streets). Both performances are at 8 p.m. A third performance is set for 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the Towson University Center for the Arts in TowsonMD. 


Tickets for Concerto alla Venetiana are $35 (preferred), $25 (general), $20 (senior citizen), and $10 (with college ID). Children 12th grade and younger are admitted for free. Tickets can be purchased at the door or ahead of time by calling 215-755-8776 or visiting http://www.tempestadimare.orgTickets for the Sunday performance at Towson University can be ordered by calling 410-728-2820 or visiting http://www.promusicarara.org.