Classical and Baroque Treasures

Jun 7

8:00 PM

Boccherini, Vivaldi, Bach, Vivaldi, Haydn

Thursday, June 7, 2018

“Superstar mandolinist” (The New York Times) Avi Avital and Italian conductor Giovanni Antonini make their CSO debuts with an exceptional program featuring rarely heard Baroque masterpieces, including the first CSO performances of mandolin concertos by Bach and Vivaldi. “Avital's mandolin breathes captivating new life into Vivaldi's music, giving it a luminous performance with a lovely lyrical jeu d'esprit” (The Daily Telegraph). Haydn's Drumroll Symphony brings the concert to an enchanting close.

Classic Encounter in Grainger Ballroom at 6:30 p.m.
For just $20, add dinner, drinks and a casual, informative multimedia presentation led by WXRT Radio DJ Terri Hemmert & CSO musicians to your concert tickets. Learn more and purchase tickets for Classic Encounter here.
Available on June 7 only.

Avi Avital will sign CDs in Granger Ballroom following the concert on Saturday, June 9, 2018.

Approximate concert duration: 120 minutes including intermission


Boccherini Symphony No. 6 (La casa del diavolo)
Vivaldi Mandolin Concerto in C Major, RV 425
Bach Mandolin Concerto in D Minor, BWV 1052
Vivaldi Flautino Concerto in C Major, RV 443
Haydn Symphony No. 103 (Drumroll)



Preconcert conversation with Mark Shuldiner
30 minute run-time

Thursday, June 7, 7 p.m. Grainger Ballroom
Friday, June 8, 12:15 p.m. Armour Stage
Saturday, June 9, 7 p.m. Grainger Ballroom

Additional Dates for this Program

Most instrumental soloists who double as conductors tend to be pianists or violinists. But Giovanni Antonini, leader of Il Giardino Armonico, plays recorder and the transverse flute, instruments that were popular during the Baroque era. When he makes his CSO debut, Antonini also will serve as soloist in Vivaldi’s Flautino Concerto in C Major, RV 443. “Throughout my life, my personal musical experience is completely, absolutely related to the recorder,” he said. Read more at CSO Sounds & Stories


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