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LACA presents Venice Baroque Orchestra Friday

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The Venice Baroque Orchestra, one of the world’s great period instrument ensembles, will appear in Los Alamos at 7 p.m. Friday in the Crossroads Bible Church, 97 East Road.

Presented by the Los Alamos Concert Association, the ensemble will bring with them recorder virtuoso Anna Fusek.

LACA’s usual venue, the Duane Smith Auditorium is undergoing renovation and will not be available for this performance.  Concert attendees are encouraged to carpool and arrive early as parking in the Crossroads Bible Church parking lot and surrounding vicinity is limited. 

Fusek, a native of Prague, has a distinguished career throughout Europe as both recorder soloist and in Baroque opera production. The Venice Baroque Orchestra is a much-admired exponent of the Italian Baroque and is notable for its rediscovery of many 17th and 18th century masterpieces several of which will be included in its Los Alamos program.

Anna Fusek will perform one of those discoveries, a sonata for recorder and basso continuo by the all-but-forgotten Giovanni Antonio Pandolfi Mealli.  She will also be featured in two concertos by Antonio Vivaldi, one a double concerto in partnership with concert master Gianpiero Zanocco.

Zanocco and principal cellist Massimo Raccanelli Zaborra will also perform Vivaldi concertos for their respective instruments. 

Works by Arcangelo Corelli and lesser-known composers Francesco Cavalli, Laurentius De Florentia, and Andrea Falconieri round out the program.

The Venice Baroque Orchestra has received wide critical acclaim for its concert and opera performances throughout North America, Europe, South America, Japan and Korea. They will travel to venues in New York, Massachusetts, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Mississippi, and Louisiana before completing this US tour in Los Alamos.

Tickets ($35) are available at the Lensic box office in Santa Fe, in Los Alamos at CB Fox and Smith’s Marketplace and at Smith’s in White Rock or electronically at ticketssantafe.com.  Tickets at the door are $40. Continuing a long Los Alamos Concert Association tradition, free tickets for students ages 6-18 are available at Los Alamos outlets and at the door.
For complete artist, venue and ticket information, visit LACA’s web site at losalamosconcert.org.sociation, NM Chapter. This year’s Gala will feature a “Broadway Musicals” theme.