The UGA Performing Arts Center will present the Venice Baroque Orchestra at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27, in Hodgson Concert Hall in Athens.
Andrea Marcon will conduct the orchestra in a program of concertos by composers that include Antonio Vivaldi, George Frideric Handel, Francesco Geminiani and Georg Philipp Telemann.
Marcon, a Baroque scholar and harpsichordist, founded the Venice Baroque Orchestra in 1997. The orchestra has become one of the world’s leading ensembles devoted to period instrument performance with concert tours throughout North America, Europe, South America and Asia.
Committed to the rediscovery of 17th and 18th-century masterpieces, the Venice Baroque Orchestra has given the modern-day premieres of Francesco “Cavalli’s L’Orione,” Vivaldi’s “Atenaide” and “Andromeda liberate,” Benedetto Marcello’s “La Morte d’Adone” and “Il trionfo della poesia e della musica,” and Boccherini’s “La Clementina.”
During the 2011-12 season, the orchestra performed on a 28-city U.S. tour, including a concert in UGA’s Hodgson Hall with violinist Robert McDuffie in premiere performances of Philip Glass’s new violin concerto, “The American Four Seasons.”
The Venice Baroque Orchestra boasts an extensive discography, winning all the major international awards including the Diapason d’Or, Choc de Monde de la Musique, Germany’s Echo Award and the Edison Award.
Theresa Chafin, a doctoral student in musicology at UGA, will give a pre-concert lecture 45 minutes prior to the performance. The lecture is free and open to the public.
The Venice Baroque Orchestra concert will be recorded for broadcast on American Public Media’s “Performance Today,” heard by over 1.3 million listeners across the country.
Tickets are $20-$39 with discounts for UGA students and groups of 10 or more. They can be purchased online at pac.uga.edu or by calling the box office at 706-542-4400 or toll free at 888-289-8497.