BYU Baroque Ensemble will perform March 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the Madsen Recital Hall of the Harris Fine Arts Center. Tickets are $10 and are available to purchase at the ticket offices in the Harris Fine Arts Center or Marriott Center, by phone at 801-422-2981 or online at byuarts.com.
“We are playing some truly exciting and beautiful music,” BYU Baroque Ensemble director Alexander Woods said. “If you were excited about the Venice Baroque Orchestra, then you will love the sound and repertoire of the BYU Baroque Ensemble.”
Woods said the group will play “top ten” hits from the Baroque period including Vivaldi. Among the top ten is Heinrich Biber’s “Battalia.” This piece uses special effects and characterizations to depict a battle, camp, songs, fifes, drums, cacophony and lamenting.
The Baroque Ensemble will perform on instruments true to the time period including a harpsichord.
“It’s not very often that you get to hear Vivaldi’s works as he wrote them on true Baroque instruments in a live performance,” Baroque Ensemble member Cassidy Erickson said. “We focus on being true to the time period’s style of playing.”
The group will not perform with a conductor, but instead will stand around the harpsichord and watch the concertmaster for cues, as is true to the Baroque era.
“Come and hear this intimate and arresting music performed by the amazing students on original instruments made by the Violin Making School of America,” Woods said.