GOLDEN DAY TWENTY-SIX: VENICE with VIVALDI
You’ll love hearing this ensemble, Interpreti Veneziani, when you come to Venice. You’ll find them at the Chiesa San Vidal, a beautiful Baroque place. Most nights they are playing Vivaldi’s Four Seasons (Le Quattro Stagioni). Vivaldi probably came to this church, back in those late 17th-early 18th century times. He was a revolutionary composer, bringing sweeping emotions to the violin and all those sister string instruments.
Interpreti Veneziani has played here since 1987 and they are the best I’ve heard in Venice. They are praised world wide for their youthful exuberance and the clear passion they bring to this music. It’s a thrill to be in San Vidal and hear them play–the sound filling the space without microphones. Pure, soulful.
You can look up their schedule online and buy tickets (25 euro), or get them while you’re there.
This will be a Golden Evening for the Memory Books. Since the concert starts at 9, you may want to have dinner around the corner at the Fabulous Da Fiore (Calle delle Botteghe, 041 5235310) before. If you do, be sure to order the classic Venetian after dinner drink: Sgroppino, a frothy, cool mix of prosecco, vodka and lemon sorbet.
The calle will be quiet post concert…Venice shutters down early for an Italian place. So you may head back to your bed and flop, with the glorious music of Vivaldi filling your dreams…