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Joan Parsley


Viva Vivaldi!  Ensemble Music Offering
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414-258-6133 or musical.offering@yahoo.com
January 17, 2011, Wauwatosa, WI, Ensemble Musical Offering, Milwaukee's Midwest Bande for Early Music, will showcase the famous Baroque composer Antonio Lucio Vivaldi (1678-1741) in three concerts slated March, April and September of this year.  Musical Offering, known for its intriguing way of blending the arts and humanities, has something for everybody in this three-part program that brings to life Vivaldi's program music through The Vivaldi Project:  The Composer's Affinity to the Natural World.
An international array of early music performers and those who dearly love the repertoire and Ensemble Musical Offering will headline the concerts.  They include the Brazilian recorder virtuoso Clea Galhano, guitarist Rene Izquierdo, and baroque bassoonist Marc Vallon as well as traverso player Paul Jacobson from the Twin Cities.  Additionally, all are recording artists.
"This project has been a dream of mine for the past three years and now it is coming to fruition," states Joan Parsley, Musical Offering's Artistic Director.  "And to bring Vivaldi into the 21st century, we've added a new twist:  The tango music of Astor Piazzolla in an arrangement of the composer's The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires.  What could be more fun," Parsley concluded.
Highlights of The Vivaldi Project: The Composers Affinity to the Natural World include the following with dates, times and locations listed:
Program One:
Saturday, March 5 at 8 PM -- Cathedral Church of All Saints, 818 E. Juneau Ave., Milwaukee
Featuring Clea Galhano, recorder and Rene Izquierdo, guitar
La notte (The Night) Concerto in G Minor for transverse flute, strings and continuo, Op. 10 No.2, RV 104
La tempesta di mara (The Storm at Sea) Concerto in F Major for transverse flute, strings and basso continuo, Op. 10 No. 1, RV 433
Alla rustica Concerto in G Major for strings and basso continuo,  RV 151
Chamber Concerto in D Major for guitar (lute), two violins and basso continuo, RV 93
Concert to be repeated on Sunday, March 6 at 4PM -- Wauwatosa Woman's Club, 1626 E. Harwood Ave, Wauwatosa
Program Two:
Saturday, April 16 at 8 PM and Sunday, April 17 at 4 PM -- Cathedral Church of All Saints,
818 E. Juneau Ave., Milwaukee
Featuring Marc Vallon, baroque bassoon and Paul Jacobson traverso
Il Gardellino (The Goldfinch) Concerto for traverso in D Major, Op. 10 No. 3, RV 428
La Pastorella (The Shepherdess), Chamber Concerto in D Major for traverso, oboe, bassoon and basso continuo, RV 95
Concerto in A Minor for bassoon, strings and basso continuo, RV 497
Double Concerto in G Minor for two cellos, strings and basso continuo, RV 531
Concerto in Eb for solo violin, strings and basso continuo, Opus 8 No. 5, RV 253 from Il Cimento dell'Armonia e dell'Inventione, La tempesta di mara
Program Three:
Spanning over to Musical Offerings 2011-2012 season
Saturday, September 10 and Sunday, September 11 --  Times and Locations TBA
Antonio Vivaldi meets Astor Piazzolla:  Get Ready to Tango!
Ensemble Musical Offering will juxtaposition Vivaldi's Le quattro stagioni (The Four Seasons), Op.8 No. 1-4 with Astor Piazzolla's The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires.  Of the three Piazzolla arrangements made, Ensemble Musical Offering will play dueling bows with a group of ten modern string players and harpsichord (13 seconds!!) in an arrangement by Leonid Desyatnikov (ca. 1964).Vivaldi's  own sonnets written for his oeuvre will be read in Italian with English translations described in the program notes.  An Argentina tango demonstration will follow in a post-party reception.  Concert patrons are invited to tango as well.
All Vivaldi programs will include pre-concert lectures beginning one hour before the programs.
Further details to be announced.
Advance single tickets for each pre-concert lecture/concert is $25
Fulltime students w/  valid ID $20
Single tickets at the door are $30
Tickets may be ordered by calling 414-258-6133 or visiting Musical Offering's PayPal account at www.musicalofferingltd.org.
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