Kulturmittag (Arts at Lunchtime) – La Serenissima
Ensemble Affinità play chamber music from baroque Venice
Led from the oboe by Elisabeth Baumer, Ensemble Affinità play sprightly woodwind chamber music by composers including Antonio Vivaldi, Antonio Caldara, Giovanni Benedetto Platti and Antonio Lotti, as well as sonatas and concerti da camera from baroque Venice. By that time the city had earned its soubriquet “la Serenissima” – “Her Most Serene Highness”.
Venice’s charitable hospices the Ospedali were famed throughout Europe. Here girl orphans could receive a truly unique musical education, learning to sing or play instruments under the guidance of great figures such as Antonio Vivaldi. Numerous international visitors were enchanted and amazed at the wonderful concerts presented by these social institutions. Some of these girls became outstanding players of wind instruments such as the oboe, flute and bassoon – highly unusual achievements for women in those times.
The Venetian style was imbued with virtuosity. Its extravagant contrasts in tempi, dynamics and sound texture found favour throughout Europe, and delighted the Viennese court in particular.
Tickets: €17 (subscription ticket for 10 concerts, €160); box seats €25; senior citizens: €14 (subscription ticket for 10 concerts, €130); MuTh Club Student, children, young people and wheel chair users €9 (subscription ticket for 10 concerts, €80)
Works by Antonio Vivaldi, Antonio Caldara, Giovanni Benedetto Platti, Antonio Lotti and others