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Voyage Through the Sounds of Southern Italy: the Vesuvius Ensemble’s concert series in Toronto

Voyage Through the Sounds of Southern Italy: the Vesuvius Ensemble’s concert series in Toronto

Voyage Through the Sounds of Southern Italy: the Vesuvius Ensemble’s concert series in Toronto

by Francesca Facchi

TORONTO – There is something going on in the Toronto music scene and, once again, Italy is the absolute diva. The Vesuvius Ensemble will present an annual concert series, turning the Heliconian Hall (Yorkville) into a Neapolitan street for three nights a year.

Created six years ago, the ensemble aims at preserving and promoting Southern Italy’s traditional folk music, applying a philological approach to a popular repertoire – the group features wind, string, percussion instruments typical of the Southern Italian countryside and dialect texts.

After having thrilled audiences in many parts of Canada and in the Chapel of St. Gennaro in Naples, in 2016-17 the ensemble will dedicate two concerts to the central moments in the liturgical year, Christmas (Quanno nascette Ninno: Christmas in Southern Italy, December 20 2016) and Easter (Passio: the Mater Dolorosa in popular tradition, April 14 2017), and one to the most emblematic Neapolitan musical form, the canzone napoletana (O mare canta: the evolution of the Canzone napoletana, June 16 2017). When on October 14 the three performers, Francesco Pellegrino (voice, chitarra battente), Marco Cera (Baroque guitar, ciaramella, mandolin) and Lucas Harris (lutes, guitars, theorbo and colascione), presented the event at the Italian Cultural Institute in Toronto proposing a taste of their repertoire, the extraordinary modernity of the Southern folk music enchanted the audience, as well as the complex reciprocal influences between popular and art cultures, the sacred and the mundane, the virtuosic and the rustic.

In other words, the series, which would not have been possible without the support of the Italian Cultural Institute as the main sponsor, Empire Communities, and the patrons Paul and Rebecca Elia and John and Angela Caliendo, will offer the audience an unmissable voyage in the stunning atmospheres and the Mediterranean spirit of the South of Italy.

For more information, www.vesuviusensemble.com 

(Thursday 27 October 2016)

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