The Academy of Ancient Music Performs in Concert Hall Sunday

Posted: March 28, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The original Academy of Ancient Music was established in 1726 for the purpose of studying and performing “old” music–defined initially as music composed at least a century earlier. The modern revival of the academy, founded by Christopher Hogwood in 1973, created what is now one of the world’s most renowned period-instrument orchestras. The ensemble is known for its concerts and recordings of music from the baroque, classical, and early romantic eras.

The Concert Hall on Sunday is the setting for an evening of sublime interpretations of the masterworks of Georg Frederic Handel, Heinrich Biber, Pietro Locatelli and Antonio Vivaldi. Called “the first modern superstar of the baroque violin” by the San Francisco Examiner, Andrew Manze leads this ensemble praised the world over for its technical virtuosity and purity of interpretation. The performance begins at 7 p.m. and a preperformance discussion begins 45 minutes prior to the curtain on the Grand Tier.

The academy will perform Biber’s sonata, “The Peasants’ Church Procession,” allowing a glimpse into simple lives on the way to church. Contrasted with Locatelli’s “Concerto Grosso, Il pianto d’Arianna,” Op.7 no.6, the musicians move to the stuff of legends as Ariadne, daughter of Minos, King of Crete, falls helplessly in love with the Athenian Prince Theseus. In his notes, Manze describes the Locatelli as “a scene from a voiceless opera for stringed instruments: no words are necessary to show us the peace of Ariadne’s sleep, or her disbelief, yearning, and anger.”

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