Winchendon Music Festival founder Andrew Arceci named artistic director of Arcadia Players

Jan 03, 2022 334

BY: Richard Duckett

In a recent performance of a program titled "The Migration of Italian Music," six members of Arcadia Players, the prestigious Western Massachusetts-based Early Music ensemble, were joined by viola da gamba, violone and baroque bass instrumentalist Andrew Arceci. Arceci, who is founder and director of the Winchendon Music Festival, played with and conducted the ensemble.

"I conduct with one hand. Sometimes with one of my bows. There's a lot you can do," he said about playing and conducting. Leading a performance from among the instruments rather than standing on a dais is quite common with Early Music/Baroque chamber groups, Arceci noted. "It's not conducting with a baton, it's conducting with an instrument," he said.   

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