Bourgie Hall presents

Les Violons du Roy – Wonders of the Italian Baroque

The cradle of Baroque music, Italy experienced a great flurry of musical activity during this era. The elegance and sumptuous harmonies of the Italian Baroque repertoire are gathered here in an opulent concert featuring an offering of several delights from this thriving period. The program features Vivaldi’s Violin Concerto in C minor, “Amato bene,” showcasing Italian violinist Elisa Citterio, who for several years held the position of first violin at the Accademia del Teatro alla Scala di Milano before accepting the post of music director of Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra in Toronto.

The brilliant violinist Elisa Citterio joined Tafelmusik as Music Director in 2017. She moved to Toronto from her native Italy, where she divided her artistic life between orchestral work and an intense schedule as a chamber musician. She has recorded and toured, often as leader or concertmaster, with such ensembles as Dolce & Tempesta, Europa Galante, Accademia Bizantina, Accordone, Zefiro, la Venexiana, La Risonanza, Ensemble 415, Concerto Italiano, Orquestra del Monsalvat, Il Giardino Armonico, Orchestra Academia 1750, and Balthasar-Neumann Choir & Ensemble (Thomas Hengelbrock). From 2004 to 2017 she was a member of the Orchestra del Teatro della Scala di Milano.

Elisa’s arrival in Toronto has created much excitement. Just 18 months into her new position at Tafelmusik, she was awarded 2019 Leonardo Award for Arts, Science & Culture by the Italian Chamber of Commerce for her contribution to the cultural and intellectual life of Canada. North American orchestras have taken note, and upcoming appearances as guest director include Seattle Symphony, and Québec’s Les Violons du Roy.

In 2000, Elisa was selected as concertmaster and soloist with the orchestra of the Accademia del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, where she received intensive professional training in orchestral and chamber music repertoire, as well as violin technique. Soon after graduating, she began studying baroque violin, taking part in masterclasses with Enrico Onofri, and studying with Chiara Banchini at the Schola Cantorum Basilensis, and with Luigi Mangiocavallo in Rome.

T. ALBINONI, Sinfonia a cinque in C major, Op. 2, No. 3
G. VALENTINI, Concerto Grosso in A minor, Op. 7, No. 11
E.F. DALL’ABACO, Concerto Grosso in D major, Op. 6, No. 12
A. VIVALDI, Violin Concerto in C minor, RV 761, “Amato bene”
A. SCARLATTI, Concerto Grosso No. 1 in F major
P.A. LOCATELLI, Sinfonia funebre in F minor, D. 2.2
A. CORELLI, Concerto Grosso in F major, Op. 6, No. 12

Dates: May 2 at 2:30 pm and available online until May 16, 2021

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