Thursday, May 31 21:00
The Limonaia of Villa La Pietra
Via Bolognese 120
Presented in collaboration with The Season of Villa La Pietra.
Tickets are free but must be reserved. To make a reservation, click here.
Jessica Gould, soprano
Valerio Losito and Amie Weiss, violins
Romeo Ciuffa, flauto dolce
Michele Carreca, lute
Bettina Hoffmann, viola da gamba
Giulia Nuti, harpsichord
Fatima Gozlan, ney
Janos Gerszon, oud
Dreams of Tunis in the Baroque Imagination
An original project of Salon/Sanctuary Concerts
The capital of Tunisia was once the legendary city of Carthage. Its Queen Dido, loved and then abandoned by Aeneas on his mission to found Rome, inspired countless musical masterworks from the baroque era to Berlioz. This concert alternates baroque cantatas dedicated to the Carthaginian Queen with the Arabic form of improvisation known as Taksim, as two ensembles – one baroque and the other Tunisian, share a stage, offering a new hearing of Dido the misused monarch and the site of Northern Africa as both exploited resource and object of fantasy in the Western European mythscape.
Music of Cavalli, Couperin, DeVisée, Legrenzi, Montéclair, and Purcell, with traditional Taksim improvisations.