New York Times Reviews Europa Galante in NYC

Europa Galante

Italy's premier period-instrument ensemble, Europa Galante, makes its PCMS debut tomorrow night at the Kimmel Center's Perelman Theater with a very special program—Chiara's Diary–A Life at the Ospedale della Pietà in Venice. It tells a fascinating story that features music by Vivaldi and lesser-known masters who all taught at Venice’s famous orphanage for girls, the Ospedale della Pietà (see video made by Europa Galante).

The girls of the Pietà performed some of the most virtuosic music of the era, including many daunting works by Vivaldi. In this innovative program, violinist/leader Fabio Biondi and Europa Galante present exuberant concertos and sinfonias for violin and strings by masters from Naples, Parma, and Venice that are enlightening and entertaining examples of how Italian Baroque music evolved.

Europa Galante performed this same program earlier this week at New York's Carnegie Hall and received an outstanding review from The New York Times. Calling the program "revelatory," critic James Oestreich praises the Galante performances as "typically energetic and refined, and beautifully suited to the differing qualities of each work," with "searching and virtuosic" playing by leader Biondi. Oestreich also marveled at the group's ability to "simultaneously sketch the life story of one of the foundlings, Chiara, and note how musical activities at the Pietà reflected the larger shift in Europe from complex Baroque toward streamlined Classical styles."

Tickets for Europa Galante's January 22nd PCMS performance are still available through the PCMS Box Office. Call 215-569-8080 or click here to order tickets .

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