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Venice Music Project
Ranked #10 of 29 Concerts & Shows in Venice
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Recommended by the New York Times in the article "36 Hours in Venice," Venice Music Project presents its fourth season of concerts, taking you back in time to the era when Venice was a musical center of international prestige. Together, we will discover the great tradition of music in the Veneto, performed with original instruments and performance practices, in the prestigious Palazzo Rota Ivancich, where Hemingway and Liszt were among the many important guests. Our resident orchestra, Venetia Antiqua, will also host prestigious ensembles from around the world. An important part of our mandate is the restoration of the places where we perform and the works of art that they contain, to help the city to remain alive for our own and future generations. This will be possible through our US501c3 non-profit organization, Friends of Venice Music Project, our Italian Associazione Culturale for European donations, and additionally a portion of box office receipts.
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Reviewed 16 May 2014

Tonight's concert included two less familiar (but lovely) concerti by Vivaldi, an oboe concerto by
Albinoni, and four soprano arias from Baroque "Italian operas" by Vivaldi, Handel, etc. The music was performed by the Venetia Antiqua Ensemble using the soft stringing of original or period copy instruments. The execution was flawless and golden. Unlike many of the other Venice/Vivaldi performance groups this one varies its program and seems to avoid the "stuck in a rut, play it in your sleep" syndrome mentioned in reviews elsewhere. The venue at the small baroque San Giovanni Evangelisti Church was intimate and the evening was inspiring. Back when I lived in Hawaii we would have used the word "chicken skin" to describe the experience. It is a high compliment. There are many fine groups to choose from in Venice. I am glad I made the choice i did. Next time, I will choose them again. If you want a "show" go elsewhere. If you want the music, you find it here.

7  Thank tbirdofparadise
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Reviewed 17 April 2014 via mobile

Given that Venice has such an important place in the history of music, it is surprising and disappointing that so many of the concerts on offer are wall-to-wall Four Seasons. The Venice Music project is the antidote to all that: clever programming and high quality musicians using baroque instruments, and not a wig in sight! We heard their first performance of the 2014 season, which included two oboe concertos (Albinoni and Vivaldi) and three soprano arias. It was wonderful to hear these very technically challenging oboe concertos played by the entertaining and characterful Nicola Favoro on a baroque oboe. And Liesl Odenweller beguiled the audience with her clear voice, nicely balanced with the accompanying instruments, before letting off some true baroque fireworks in Vivaldi's motet "Nulla in mundo pax sincero" RV 630. Highly recommended.

10  Thank Possom
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Reviewed 25 November 2013

Quite by chance we found ourselves sitting in the astonishingly beautiful church of San Giovanni Evangelista one evening and we listened, spell bound, to a superb concert given by the Venice Music Project. The aim of the Project is to bring back to Venice International level performances of early music on original instruments, while at the same time raising funds to invest in restorations that will help conserve the works of art contained in this church. They perform concerts throughout the year and I can highly recommend them.

6  Thank Janet S
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Reviewed 23 October 2013

Find your way from the Rialto bridge, or more briefly from the San Toma vaparetto stop, through Campo San Polo and continue beyond, pretty much to the bull’s eye center of the San Polo sesitiere; you may well fall in step with musicians carrying instruments, even an antique harpsichord swaddled into a grocery cart pushed over cobbles and bridges. Look for signs to the Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista, cross the courtyard into the 15th Century church of San Giovanni Evangelista. Not to rush or spoil a splendid, out-of-the-way promenade, start out early, stop for a prosecco; should you arrive early, view the frescos biblical and classical, admire the antiquities soon to revive musical life, chat with those of a savvy fellowship convened to savor song and structure too rarely sounded. Hang around post concert for a sip of wine with the artists. Here is a treasure set well apart from many a more pedestrian musical moment, sandwich-board publicized at churches along more familiar thoroughfares – very likely a hackneyed death by relentless Four Seasons.

11  Thank chriskirkland
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Reviewed 18 October 2013

I heard the music before I saw the performance. Such was the quality of the singing that I felt compelled to ask the Venice Music Project to perform at a corporate event, not knowing how such an esoteric choice of Baroque music would go down with a group of businessmen. On the night the VMP brought the best out of everyone. It was inspiring and so beautiful. Liesl Odenweller is superb and the players are breath-taking. To my ear, they were flawless but in addition, they were enthusiastic and compelling. It is hard to imagine a more accessible high cultural event. For anyone visiting Venice, the Venice Music Project is wonderful evening of entertainment.

5  Thank Nick R
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