Free Holiday Concert by the World-Renowned I Turchini

Dec 19, 2014 768

Concert of Sacred Italian Music in Celebration of the Holiday Season Performed by the Critically Hailed I Turchini Ensemble. Sunday, January 4th - 2pm - Fullerton Hall - The Art Institute of Chicago - 111 S Michigan Avenue - Free with Museum Admission

One of Italy's most popular music ensembles to present works by Vivaldi, Scarlatti and more! I Turchini, an acclaimed Italian music ensemble specializing in Neapolitan music, will perform a concert of sacred music by Italian composers of the 17th and 18th centuries.

Presented by the Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago, the concert celebrates the Art Institute of Chicago's exhibition of a spectacular 18th-century Neapolitan crèche, currently on display through Sunday, January 11th.

Conducted by Alessandro Ciccolini, the program features:

* F.O Manfredini: Sinfonia da Chiesa op II n. 12 "Pastorale per il SS Natale"
* A.Scarlatti: Pastoral Aria "Nacque, col Gran Messia"
* A.Vivaldi: "Laudate Pueri"
* P.Marchitelli: Trio Sonata in G
* A.Scarlatti: Cantata "O di Betlemme Altera"

About I Turchini

I Turchini was founded in 1987 by Antonio Florio; until 2010 it was known as "Cappella della Pietà de Turchini." The ensemble features instrumentalists and singers specializing in Neapolitan music of the 17th and 18th centuries, and in the rediscovery of forgotten composers

The originality of the ensemble's concert programs, as well as the group's strict adherence to the Baroque performance practice, makes i Turchini one of the most acclaimed ensembles of the Italian and European musical scenes. The group has performed on renowned stages including the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome, the Teatro San Carlo, the Palau de la Música in Barcelona, the Berlin Philharmonics, the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Teatro Lope de Vega in Seville, the Scarlatti Association in Naples, and the "La Monnaie" theater, as well as many of the major music festivals.

About the Art Institute of Chicago's Neapolitan Crèche
The Art Institute's 18th-century Neapolitan crèche is one of the very few and finest examples of such a work outside of Naples. This intricate Nativity scene reflects the vitality and artisanship of the city for which it is known. With more than 200 figures-including no less than 50 animals and 41 items of food and drink-all staged in a spectacular Baroque cabinet with a painted backdrop, the work is elaborate, complex, and wondrous.

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