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Refreshments Baroque Festival 2024 | 2nd edition Verona
Seven events at the Ristori Theater and in the San Pietro in Monastero space, completed by the off section; among the guest artists, Jordi Savall, Accademia Bizantina Federico Guglielmo, Paolo Fresu
From 15 February
to February 28, 2024
Refreshments Theater

What a Festival!

From 15 to 28 February 2024 arrives at Verona there second edition of the Baroque Festival refreshments: I am seven gli appointments scheduled for Refreshments Theater and in the Space of San Pietro in Monastero, to which is added the section "off” with eight thematic events distributed in various places in the city.

International protagonists and new talents bring the musical wonders of the Baroque to life at the Ristori Festival, between ancient instruments and vocal virtuosity, also leaving room for surprising contaminations and transversal projects.

Launched last year on the initiative of the artistic director of Teatro Ristori, Alberto Martini, the Festival wants to offer a different and current perspective on baroque music by dispelling every dusty and stale image, instead giving it a fresh and energetic reinterpretation capable of highlighting the rhythm and overwhelming "pop" energy and the engaging spirituality of this repertoire. To the Ristori Baroque Festival 2024 makes his grand return an undisputed master like Jordi Savall, supported by his ensemble Hesperion XXI; the program also includes prestigious guests such as Ottavio Dantone With the'Byzantine Academy is Delphine Galou, is Federico Guglielmo with the orchestra The Art of the Bow: next to them, the Trio Leonardo and the young and already established violinist Julian Kainrath. The Festival will also be an opportunity to enhance transversal and innovative artistic projects, such as the meeting between Paul Fresu is The Italian Virtuosos, for an intriguing contamination between baroque music and jazz. Another event not to be missed is the one with the Frenchwoman Käfig Companies directed by the choreographer Mourad Merzouki.

«The program of this second edition – adds the artistic director Alberto Martini – is rich in different musical genres and artistic forms: from the instrumental concert to the dance show, capable of combining baroque music and the sweet sound of a viola da gamba with hip hop; from Bach's brilliant Goldberg Variations, to the language of jazz which is very close in many aspects to the music of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. A set of cultures and styles transfigured into an art that is capable of social inclusion and symbolic compatibility of differences and, therefore, still today, good to think about, perform and listen to in a true collective ritual."

The program

Thursday February 15th opens the Ristori Baroque Festival 2024 Jordi Savall, master of baroque music, gambist, cellist, conductor and Catalan musicologist; with the ensemble Hesperion XXI presents one of its most captivating and successful programmes, Folias & Canarios, a musical journey between the ancient and new worlds, from Europe to the Americas.

The February 17, again at the Ristori Theatre, is the turn ofByzantine Academy directed by its founder Ottavio Dantone, accompanied by the French contralto Delphine Galou. The evening, with its suggestive title The door to heaven, features true musical gems, from Monteverdi, Stradella and Torelli to pieces by Porpora, Jommelli and Vivaldi. Sunday February 18 the Festival moves to the Space of San Pietro in Monastero for the concert of Trio Leonardo who plays the famous Goldberg Variations by Johann Sebastian Bach transcribed for their ensemble of flute, harp and viola.

The February 21 at the Teatro Ristori, one of the most anticipated and long-sold out events, Back to Bach 2.0 with Paul Fresu is The Italian Virtuosos conducted by the first violin Alberto Martini. The program, for the first time, combines the trumpet and flugelhorn of Paolo Fresu, jazz, with the repertoire and spirit of baroque music, a trait d'union with improvisation. The setlist includes songs by Monteverdi, Handel, Barbara Strozzi, Bach and Uri Caine, Richard Galliano and Fresu himself.

The February 23 appointment with Käfig Companies directed by the choreographer Mourad Merzouki; with Lucile Boulanger on the viola da gamba the ensemble presents the dance show Phenix, where baroque music interacts with the electronics of Arandel and hip-hop dance, to strengthen the power of transversality between different artistic languages.

The February 25 at the Spazio di San Pietro in Monastero, the 17-year-old and already established violinist Julian Kainrath, winner of the ICMA European Critics Prize in the Discovery Award category, presents Sonatas and Partitas by Johannes Sebastian Bach.

Finally, close the Ristori Baroque Festival 2024 the ensemble The Art of the Arch with the violin of Federico Guglielmo, also concertmaster. An evening not to be missed entirely dedicated to Vivaldi, entitled Concerts for the Emperor – The Habsburg zither: the six concerts on the program are in fact taken from the ninth printed collection "La Cetra", containing 12 Concertos for one and two violins, published by Vivaldi in 1727 and dedicated to Emperor Charles VI, a composer he met in person the following year Trieste.

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