Eighth Tropical Baroque Music Festival

Presented by the Miami Bach Society From Mar 3rd through Mar 10th, 2007The Miami Bach Society will present its annual early music celebration, featuring classical music from Europe, the Caribbean and Central and South America, written before 1800. Exploring the patrimony of this community’s religious and secular musical heritage, the Society will present virtuoso performers, playing works that presage the classical and popular music performed throughout the world today. Concerts take place in venues within the City Coral Gables. Gabriel Garrido, an Argentine living in France, whose group is based in Switzerland, will open the event on March 3rd with music from Mexico, written in the 16th century, typical of the little-known repertory of early Central and South America. Garrido is renowned as one of the leading proponents of and pioneers in recovering, performing and recording works long forgotten in Latin America, and unknown in Europe and the United States. His group, Elyma, will make its North American debut. Also featured is Fuoco e Cenere, the Festival’s official ensemble, from France. Other French musicians perform with Frederic Desenclos in Ensemble Pierre Robert. They will play music from the time of Louis XIV, performed at his royal residence, Versailles. As the week progresses, Jacob Lodico, a Peabody Conservatory student from Broward County will give a recorder recital, accompanied by French harpsichordist Bertrand Cuillier. Magnificat Baroque Ensemble from San Francisco will continue on the 8th with the oratorio, Susanna by Stradella. Friday, the 9th South African native, keyboard phenomenon Kristian Bezuidenhout will give a solo performance on the harpsichord including many works of Johann Sebastian Bach. The Festival will also feature the Miami Bach Society’s Chamber Orchestra, giving its annual Royal Fireworks Concert. The event will be held at the Biltmore Hotel with real fireworks on Sunday, March 4th, 2007. The Festival concludes with the return of Pat Bishop and the Lydian Steel of Trinidad. This concert will include dancers as well as the steel drum players, for the first time. They will perform early music of their native country as well as European Baroque favorites, on Saturday, March 10th in the courtyard of the University of Miami Law School. For more information, please call: 305.669.1376

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