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Fontana Chamber Arts presents il Giardino Armonico
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For Immediate Release  
Jill Perney, Director of Operations and Marketing
269-382-7774; jperney@fontanachamberarts.org   www.fontanachamberarts.org
il Giardino Armonico to perform February 25, 2011, 8:00pm
Dalton Center Recital Hall, Western Michigan University
Ticket outlets include the Miller Auditorium Ticket Office on the campus of Western Michigan University (269-387-2300) and the Fontana Chamber Arts office (269-382-7774) or online at www.FontanaChamberArts.org.
Kalamazoo, MI, February 8, 2011 – Fontana Chamber Arts (FCA) is pleased to present the acclaimed early music ensemble il Giardino Armonico in Kalamazoo on Friday, February 25, 2011, as part of its 10th anniversary season.  “il Giardino Armonico is widely considered to be the finest early music ensemble in the world” said Abhijit Sengupta, Artistic Director/CEO of FCA.  “They typically tour the United States every decade, and this year’s tour includes New York’s Carnegie Hall, the Miami (FL) Bach Society, the New Orleans Friends of Music, and right here in Kalamazoo with Fontana.  This schedule shows the reputation FCA has in the U.S., and the clout it has built by presenting other spectacular international ensembles.  Kalamazoo should be proud to welcome such a prestigious ensemble to our community” said Sengupta.
il Giardino Armonico was founded in Milan in 1985 and brings musicians from some of Europe’s leading music institutions, all of them experts in performing on period instruments. The ensemble’s repertory is principally focused on the 17th and 18th centuries. Depending on the demands of each program, the group will consist of anywhere from 3 to 35 musicians.  Regularly invited to festivals all over the world, il Giardino Armonico has performed in the most important concert halls, including the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Wigmore Hall and Barbican in London, Musikverein and Konzerthaus in Vienna, Tonhalle in Zurich, Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York, Sydney Opera House, Disney Hall in Los Angeles and the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires.  
The group’s recordings of works by Vivaldi – including the Four Seasons – and other 18th-century composers have met with widespread acclaim and received several major awards.  Released under the title Il Proteo, their recording of several of Vivaldi’s double and triple concertos for cello and orchestra, with Christophe Coin as guest soloist, received a Gramophone Award in October 1996 and the Diapason d’Or. In 1999, il Giardino Armonico appeared on the acclaimed Vivaldi Album with Cecilia Bartoli, which won a Grammy® Award. In autumn 2000 their CD Viaggio Musicale of Italian music of the 17th century was released and in 2001 the CD Musica Barocca. Both were awarded the French prize “10 de Répertoire”. In December 2002 Teldec dedicated a CD in their series of Artist Portraits to the ensemble. More recently the group released Concerti per Violoncello by Vivaldi with Christophe Coin in spring 2007, as well as Sacrificium in 2010, also with Cecilia Bartoli, which is nominated for a 2010 Grammy® Award for Best Classical Album.
il Giardino Armonico has received the highest acclaim for both concerts and their staged opera productions, among them, Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo, Handel’s Agrippina, Il Trionfo del Tempo del Disinganno, La Resurrezione and Aci, Galatea e Polifemo and Pergolesi’s La serva padrona. The ensemble can regularly be heard performing with such acclaimed soloists as Cecilia Bartoli, Katia and Marielle Labèque, Sara Mingardo, Bernarda Fink, Lynne Dawson, Christoph Prégardien, Magdalena Kožená, Viktoria Mullova, Christophe Coin and Giuliano Carmignola.
il Giardino Armonico perform works from the Venetian Baroque on Friday, February 25, 2011, 8:00pm at the Dalton Center Recital Hall, Western Michigan University. Tickets are $28 and $35, and are available through the Miller Auditorium Ticket Office or the FCA office.  $5 student rush tickets may be available on the day of the performance.  
Due to the nature of the performing arts, all artists, dates, and venues are subject to change.
Fontana Chamber Arts is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the presentation of quality traditional and nontraditional chamber music performances, including classical, contemporary, world music, and jazz.  Fontana also has an extensive community outreach program and collaborates frequently with other arts organizations.
For unabridged information about artists and programs, please visit our website www.fontanachamberarts.org or contact Jill Perney, Director of Operations and Marketing, at 269-382-7774
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