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Vesuvius Ensemble
Francesco Pellegrino

In the Shadow of the Volcano

Francesco Pellegrino, voice, chitarra battente
Lucas Harris, lute, colascione

Time: 8pm

Program

Tarantella di Sannicandro (O re re) (Apuglia, 17th century)
Soni a Battenti (Apuglia, 17th century)
Villanella ch’all’acqua vaje (16th century)
Si li femmine purtassero la spade (Naples, 16th century)
Madonna de le Grazie (Campania)
Calata alla Spagnola & Piva (Joan Ambrosio Dalza - fl. 1508)
L’America (La meglio gioventù) (Apuglia, 20th century)
‘O Matrimonia Do Guarracino (Campania, 18th century)
Intermission
‘Na via di Rose (Apuglia)
Vurria ca fossi ciaula (16th century)
Tarantella del Gargano (Apuglia, 17th century)
Tu bella (Apuglia)
Procidana (traditional, Campania)
Madonna mia, pietà – O. di Lasso (c1532–1594), arr. Adriaenssen (1584)
Pizzica di San Vito dei Normani (Apuglia, 17th century)

Vesuvius Ensemble http://www.vesuviusensemble.com/
http://francepelle.wixsite.com/vesuvius

Vesuvius Ensemble is one of the only ensembles in North America dedicated to the folk music of Southern Italy. The ensemble performs popular music from the Italian countryside using authentic linguistic dialects as well as instruments typical of the region (chitarra battente, colascione, tammorra, ciaramella). Vesuvius also performs art music written by composers working in Naples and elsewhere, often comparing and contrasting this music with the folk repertoire in innovative programs. The ensemble is led by tenor Francesco Pellegrino and accompanied by guitarist/wind player Marco Cera and lutenist Lucas Harris. The ensemble has thrilled audiences in both Canada and Italy, performing on its own, with Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra in the collaborative program Bella Napoli, and with the Toronto Consort in The Soul of Naples. Vesuvius is also pleased to announce a new recording, La meglio gioventù, as well as a new concert series sponsored by the Italian Cultural Institute of Toronto.

“The quality of the performances was so good, and the performers themselves so committed to their respective arts, that the details paled next to the pleasure of experiencing their art...Vesuvius Ensemble, fronted by charismatic Neapolitan-raised (now Toronto-based) tenor Francesco Pellegrino...packed all the natural ease of an Early Music consort, bonding the audience from their first, improvised song.” - Musical Toronto

Francesco Pellegrino

Rave reviews and exhilarated audiences are singing the praises of native Italian tenor, Francesco Pellegrino. A child sensation of Neapolitan songs in his native Campania, he completed his Diploma in Voice Performance with a minor in piano, from the Benevento Conservatory of Music. Francesco soon won the International Arturo Toscanini Foundation Scholarship with an invitation to study at the Academy of Verdian Voices with opera legend Carlo Bergonzi. Francesco Pellegrino worked in the chorus of Milan’s illustrious Teatro alla Scala from 1997 to 2001. There he sang under the baton of such world-renowned conductors as Riccardo Muti, Roberto Gabbiani, Valerie Gergiev, Lorin Maazel, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Mstislav Rostropovich, Kent Nagano, Georges Prêtre, and Giuseppe Sinopoli. In his new Canadian home of Toronto, Francesco has created the Vesuvius Ensemble, dedicated to the preservation and celebration of Neapolitan and southern Italian music.

Lucas Harris

Lutenist Lucas Harris, born in the USA to an Italian-American mother, studied early music at the Civica scuola di musica di Milano (as a scholar of the Fondazione Marco Fodella) and then at the Hochschule für Künste Bremen. He is now the regular lutenist with Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and enjoys a busy freelance career with many other ensembles in addition to being a founder of the Toronto Continuo Collective, the Lute Legends Ensemble, and the Vesuvius Ensemble. In 2011 he decided to broaden his career by training as a choral conductor and is now the Artistic Director of the Toronto Chamber Choir (with whom he directed a program of sacred music from Naples last May). Lucas has also been a guest music director with the Pacific Baroque Orchestra, the Ohio State University Opera program, the Toronto Consort, and Les Voix Baroques. During the summer Lucas is on the faculties of the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute, Oberlin Conservatory’s Baroque Performance Institute, and the Vancouver Early Music Festival’s Baroque Vocal Programme. Lucas was praised for his work with Les voix humaines in Montréal: “The revelation of the concert was the Torontonian lutenist Lucas Harris, who weaved a poetic thread through his infinitely subtle interventions. The sweetness and patience of his playing . . . was astonishing.” (Le Devoir)

Date :
November 3, 2016

Lieu :
Casa d'Italia