Avi Avital
Photo by Uwe Arens
Avi Avital

Thursday, March 5, 2015, 8:00 pm
Bates Recital Hall

This performance is supported in part by the Topfer Endowment for Performing Arts Production. Presented in partnership with KMFA and the Butler School of Music.

Venice Baroque Orchestra with Avi Avital, mandolin

Step back into the 17th and 18th century for an evening of unparalleled early music performance as Grammy-nominated mandolinist Avi Avital joins the Venice Baroque Orchestra.

Founded in 1997 by Baroque scholar and harpsichordist Andrea Marcon, the Venice Baroque Orchestra is recognized as one of the premier ensembles devoted to period instrument performance. Committed to the rediscovery of 17th- and 18th-century masterpieces, the Orchestra performs either on instruments from the 18th century or modern copies.

Recognized by The New York Times for his “exquisitely sensitive playing” and “stunning agility,” mandolinist Avi Avital, who recently performed at SXSW, is one of the world’s most exciting and entrepreneurial young musicians. He is deeply committed to building a fresh legacy for the mandolin through virtuosic performance and exciting new repertoire.

“The musicians [of the Venice Baroque Orchestra] attack their instruments with vigor, using all of the tools at their disposal to create a multisensory experience.”
The New York Times

“Avital was electrifying to watch and hear… [He] takes the listener to the brink of wildest expectation and then leaps over those boundaries.”
Boston Musical Intelligencer

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