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Viva Italia with Queensland Baroque

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by Karina Bryer (subscribe)
I'm a mother of four with two coeliac children. I'm always on the lookout for great gluten-free spots around Brisbane and feature gluten-free cooking in my blog: I'm also a muso and enjoy live music around town.
Italian Masters meet Brisbane Maestros

In the 1600s through to 1750, Italy was a centre for all things Baroque, but today you can experience the elaborately decorative music, period instruments and broader, grander style of the High Baroque Period right here in the city of Brisbane.

Queensland Baroque is proud to bring Brisbane audiences performances which strive to be historically correct, performing on period instruments including string instruments using baroque bows and gut strings, baroque recorders, cornettos, baroque trumpets and bassoons and harpsichords. With the instruments tuned to the historically correct pitch of A = 415 and using Velotti tuning, the ensemble will present works from Italian Baroque composers, including Monteverdi, Torelli, Stradella, Vivaldi and Corelli at their next concert.

Queensland Baroque
The full ensemble will perform a Concerto Grosso by Corelli

The concert programme includes a number of works for small ensembles including an interesting chamber Concerto by Vivaldi written for violin, recorder, bassoon and continuo. The concert concludes with the combined forces of Queensland Baroque performing Corelli's Concerto Grosso Op.6 no.10, written for a concertino (solo) group consisting of a 1st violin, a 2nd violin and a cello, and a ripieno (accompaniment) group of 1st violins, 2nd violins, violas, cellos and continuo. This group of Concerto Grossi are considered to be some of the finest examples of Baroque style Concerto Grossi and served as an inspiration for Handel's own collection written in 1739.

St Andrew's Uniting Church
The organ at St. Andrew's Uniting Church makes a fitting backdrop for the concert

The concert will take place in St. Andrew's Uniting Church in Ann Street at 2pm on Sunday 20th October. Often overlooked due to larger churches further up the street, the ambience of this Church offers an intimate setting for this beautiful music, and the listener should prepare to feel transported to another time and place. The church is easily accessible by bus, or you may find on-street parking or can park in one of the public car parks nearby. Tickets range from $50 for A Reserve seating, $35 for general seating and $25 for concessions. These are available by visiting TryBooking.
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Why? Experience the beauty of Baroque music on authentic instruments
When: 2pm, 20th October
Phone: 0414 709 649
Where: St. Andrew’s Uniting Church, 299 Ann Street, Brisbane
Cost: $25 - $50
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