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Vesuvius Ensemble: Christmas in Southern Italy



Vesuvius Ensemble: Christmas in Southern Italy


There is no more moving way to celebrate the Messiah’s miraculous birth than through traditional folk songs accompanied by instruments typical of the Italian countryside. This magical evening will be made complete with a pastorale played on the zampogne, special bagpipes traditionally played by shepherds on Christmas Eve.

Special Guests: Tommaso Sollazzo, Romina Di Gasbarro, Ben Grossman

 Heliconian Hall, 35 Hazelton Ave. | Click here to buy tickets

The Vesuvius Ensemble’s mission is to contribute to the preservation and transmission of the enormous cultural legacy made up by the popular cultural traditions in the zone around Naples and southern Italy. This legacy includes the cultural and musical traditions of countryside peasants, whose rituals and songs been passed on orally and in writing over centuries and finally recorded and researched in the twentieth century by important scholars such as Roberto De Simone, Diego Carpitella, and Alan Lomax. The area’s cultural heritage also includes published material from professional Renaissance & Baroque composers working in urban settings who published in forms which imitated popular music or used texts in regional dialect (Falconieri, Kapsberger, Kirscher, Vinci, Provenzale, Leo, etc.).

The rustic instruments used (the tammorra, chitarra battente, ciaramella, colascione, etc.) combine with Baroque continuo instruments (chitarrone, Baroque & Renaissance guitars, lutes) to create a unique accompanimental soundscape.


Data: Da Sab 22 Dic 2018 a Dom 23 Dic 2018

Orario: Alle 20:00

Organizzato da : Istituto Italiano di Cultura and Vesuvius Ensemble

In collaborazione con : Empire Communities John & Angela Caliento, Paul & Rebecca Elia

Ingresso : A pagamento


The concerts will be held at the Heliconian Hall – 35 Hazelton Ave, Toronto