Italian ensemble breaking new ground in Tucson

2013-12-07T08:11:00Z Italian ensemble breaking new ground in TucsonCathalena E. Burch Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
December 07, 2013 8:11 am  • 

The Italian Baroque chamber orchestra Interpreti Veneziani has played two sold-out concerts in Tucson in recent years.

Both were set in Crowder Hall, a venue that seats about 600 and is your classic concert hall, with seats that can grow hard after a long spell and darkness that swallows the hall and forces you to focus on the light shining down on the artist on stage.

But on Sunday, Interpreti Veneziani will perform in a space that is somewhat alien to them when it comes to pulling out their instruments and performing: An American resort.

It's a first for the 26-year-old, nine-piece ensemble, which will play a concert in Westin La Paloma's ballroom. The audience will sit at tables and sip wine and munch appetizers. 

“This is an experiment for us. This is our first time performing in such a place,” Interpreti Veneziani violinist Paolo CiociolaPaolo Ciociola, speaking through an interpreter, said last week in a phone interview from Italy. “I am sure that it will be a very good experience. If the music is good, it can be performed anywhere.”

Interpreti Veneziani will perform a concert of Baroque works by Vivaldi, Halvorsen, Geminiani and Paganini.vivaldi, halvorsen, geminiani, paganini

UApresents Executive Director Chuck Tennes said he hopes that at least 200 people will turn out on Sunday; as of Friday, the UA-based arts presenter had sold 175 tickets. Admission includes light appetizers and wine, and there is a dinner option for an additional cost.

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