Viva Vivaldi Festival, Second Edition

Welcome to the second edition of the Viva Vivaldi Festival, established in our city by maestro Michael Meissner, Regular Director of the Symphony Orchestra of Cuenca. This year we will have great guest soloists such as Osvaldo Urbieta de México – (Violin) with the Eight Stations of Vivaldi and Piazzolla, Natalie Rojas (Clavecín), Xavier Mora, Marco Saula, Santiago Paccha, (Violin) will be in the ranks of the Institution; Adam Phillips and Ángel Macancela (Trumpet) and as guest musician Felipe Aizaga (Violin) who will perform beautiful compositions by Antonio Vivaldi, Johann Sebastian Bach and Petronio Franceschini.

This is the schedule of the second edition of the Viva Vivaldi Festival:

Free entry for all of the following:

Thursday, October 3

Old Cathedral

8 PM

Friday, October 4

La Merced Church

8 PM

Saturday, October 5th

Old Cathedral

11 AM

Sunday October 6

Old Cathedral

11 AM

This festival pays tribute to Baroque and Renaissance music, stylistic times rarely attended by large symphony orchestras, as they require smaller groups and with fewer instruments than a current symphony orchestra.

The first professional symphony orchestras were born much later, at the beginning of the 19th century, when the symphonies of Beethoven and successors caused a great impact on the population of Vienna and, later, in other European capitals.

Previously, the orchestras were small groups of strings, with the continuous “forced” bass and, with more or less regularity, some wind instruments. For a long time the performances were limited to the palaces and halls of counts – like Esterházy in Hungary, where Joseph Haydn had his orchestra (of 12 musicians), cardinals, and in general, of governments and the church.

In the middle of the 18th century, Antonio Vivaldi and contemporaries began composing music without ecclesiastical purposes, the first concert music. Being virtuosos of their own instrument – Vivaldi of the violin, Bach of the harpsichord – caused a sensation in the public, which was no longer exclusively of the “nobility”, but were ordinary citizens, bourgeois in their nascent self-confidence as the new social class dominant.

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