The Miami Bach Society presents Tropical Baroque Music Festival XII

From Feb 27 through Mar 5, 2011.

On February 27th, the Miami Bach Society begins its annual celebration of early music in Coral Gables. For one week renowned ensembles and musicians from Europe and the United States will perform concerts of composers who wrote the works before 1800. This year, there will be more than an ample showing of performers from Italy. Il Giardino Armonico from Milan is one of the country’s best know ensembles, comprised of musicians from some of Europe’s leading music institutions, all of whom specialize in performing on period instruments. They will perform a program A Venezia.

Paolo Pandolfo, master of the viola da gamba will be joined by Tomas Boysen (of Norway) to perform a program exploring the history of his instrument coming from Italy and reaching its apex in France in the 17th and 18th centuries. Pedro Memelsdorff, musician and scholar, living in Bologna will speak about mediaeval musical maunuscripts with musical illustration by soprano Barbara Zanichelli. And even the ensemble from France, Fuoco e Cenere will perform music of Italian composer, Alessandro Scarlatti in Troubles in the Garden of Love, with instruments, singers and life-sized marionettes.

American artists include Brian Neal’s Miami Brass performing works from “Baroque and Beyond” at the Biltmore hotel, culminating with the return of the Festivals breathtaking fireworks display. And Arcanum, South Florida’s own early music ensemble, performs a program of German music that is “Almost Bach”.

Finally, Fuoco e Cenere will close the Festival at the Coral Gables Museum with a program saluting Coral Gables sister-city, Aix-en-Provence, France with a program of early Provencal works featuring the exquisite voice of Brazilian soprano, Luanda Siqueira da Silva.

Calendar of Events

Sunday, February 27th, 7:00 p.m. Miami Brass, under the direction of Brian Neal, formerly first principal trumpet of the Dallas Brass, performing Baroque favorites under the stars at the Biltmore Hotel, with fireworks, 1200 Anastasia Avenue.

Monday, February 28th, 8:00 p.m. Duo Recital: Paolo Pandolfo (viola da gamba) and Thomas Boysen, (theorbo and baroque guitar) make their South Florida debut at St. Phillip’s Episcopal Church, 1142 Andalusia Avenue.

Tuesday, March 1st, 8:00 p.m. Il Giardino Armonico, under the direction of Giovanni Antonini, comes from Italy to debut in South Florida, at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 5690 Kendall Drive.

Wednesday, March 2nd, 8:00 p.m. The Mintz Manuscripts, an Evening with Pedro Memelsdorff and Barbara Zanichelli, mediaeval scholar and musician talks about mediaeval texts, from translation to performance, with musical examples, at The Church of the Little Flower, Comber Hall, 2711 Indian Mound Trail.

Thursday, March 3rd, 8:00 p.m. Arcanum, Miami’s own early music ensemble makes its Festival debut, performing German works, Almost Bach at Riviera Presbyterian Church, 5275 Sunset Drive.

Friday, March 4th, 8:00 p.m. Jay Bernfeld and Fuoco e Cenere, from France perform Trouble in the Garden of Love, of Allessandro Scarlatti, cantatas for voice and life-size marionettes, at the Teatro Area Stage, 1560 South Dixie Highway.

Saturday, March 5th, 8:00 p.m. An Evening of Song with Luanda Siqueira da Silva, Brazilian soprano performs with the musicians of Fuoco e Cenereto to close the Festival at the Coral Gables Museum, celebrating the Sister Cities Program with French music from Provence, 275 Giralda Avenue.

Tropical Baroque Music Festival

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