Artist Series: Europa Galante
February 10, 2014 | 07:30 PM to 08:30 PM
World-renowned and two-time Grammy nominated ensemble, Europa Galante, will perform at Houghton College February 10 at 7:30 p.m. in Wesley Chapel. Tickets are $15 for adults and $7 for ages 18 and under. Tickets are available in advance at www.houghton.edu/artist-series, by phone at 585-567-9210, or at the door.
“The group’s sound…had an energy that lifted it off the stage…” – New York Times
“One of the finest things interpretative musicians can do is rescue a masterpiece from routine and repetition. Fabio Biondi and Europa Galante did it…!” – The Chicago Tribune.
The ensemble has been nominated twice for the Grammy Awards – in 2004 for its disc of Vivaldi's Concerti con molti strumenti and in 2006 for its recording of Vivaldi’s Bajazet.
Houghton has been fortunate enough to secure a performance date with Europa Galante, as the following day the ensemble will perform at the world-famous Carnegie Hall, where ticket prices will range from $70 to over $300 per seat.
“It has long been our desire to host this fine ensemble because of their musical and artistic prowess,” states Dr. Stephen Plate, associate dean and director of the Greatbatch School of Music at Houghton College.
In 2004, the Prize for Music was awarded to Fabio Biondi and Europa Galante in consideration of the merits acquired by this ensemble, who have now become one of the most influential bands in the international arena. In 2002, the Premio Abbiati Italian music critic’s award for the concert and execution of the Triumph Honor was bestowed upon the group.
Europa Galante has performed in many of the world’s major concert halls and theatres such as La Scala Theatre (Milan), the Accademia di Santa Cecilia (Rome), the Suntory Hall (Tokyo), the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), the Royal Albert Hall (London), the Musikverein (Vienna), Lincoln Center (New York), and the Sydney Opera House. The ensemble has toured in Australia, Japan, Canada, Israel, the USA and South America often collaborating with the Ente Santa Cecilia in Rome, a nonprofit association that carries out its main activities in three areas: vocational training, music and socio-cultural interventions.
Together they strive to recover and restore eighteenth century Italian operas, such as Antonio Caldara’s La Passione di Gesù Cristo and Leonardo Leo’s Sant’Elena al Calvario. The ensemble regularly performs at the Alessandro Scarlatti Festival in Palermo and has given world premieres of the operas Massimo Puppieno and La Principessa Fedele.
In 1990, Fabio Biondi founded Europa Galante, an ensemble that, in a few years, became the most internationally renowned and awarded Italian ensemble of baroque music. Fabio Biondi also performs in duo with piano, harpsichord or forte-piano in prestigious venues around the world including Cité de la Musique (Paris), Hogi Hall (Tokyo), Auditorium Nacional (Madrid), and Wigmore Hall (London).
“We are pleased to have them on our campus for what promises to be an extraordinary performance,” says Plate. “You will not want to miss this concert and their world-class artistry.”