August 27, 2012
Elbio Barilari
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Leading period instrument ensemble performs Baroque music from the Spanish court
CHICAGO, August 16, 2012 -  In their first joint effort, the Latino Music Festival and University of Chicago Presents announce a concert featuring the highly acclaimed international touring period instrument ensemble, Fabio Biondi and Europa Galante, on Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.  The ensemble will perform one of the first public concerts in the Performance Hall of the new Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, offering a program of baroque music in vogue in the Spanish court during the 18th century. This concert is also supported by the Italian Cultural Institute – Chicago.
For this tour including concerts in New York, Washington and Chicago, Europa Galante brings five musicians:
Fabio Biondi, violin
Andrea Rognoni, violin
Antonio Fantinuoli, cello
Giangiacomo Pinardi, theorbo
Paola Poncet, clave
Baroque music cannot be comfortably divided by the nationality of the composers.  In that period Spain, Germany and Italy were not yet the countries we know today; loyalties were determined by ties to kings and other aristocrats more than for the love of countries yet to be defined.  Composers of Italian origin, such as Vivaldi and Corelli, were very popular in all the European courts.  It was common for Spanish musicians, such as José Herrando, to spend time studying in Italy, while other Italian musicians, such as Michele Mascitti, would spend part of their lives in foreign courts. Cherubini lived in France, and a while later Boccherini was adopted by the Spanish crown.
This concert by Fabio Biondi and Europa Galante features the type of music in vogue in the Spanish court in the early part of the 18th century, including Vivaldi, Corelli, Mascitti and two Spanish born composers: José Herrando and Francisco José de Castro.

Tuesday / October 30, 2012 / 7:30 PM

6:30 pm Pre-concert lecture by Professor Robert Kendrick

Performance Hall, Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts /

915 E 60th Street, Chicago


Baroque Music from the Spanish Court
Vivaldi:  Sonata in d minor, Op. 1, No. 12, RV63, “La Folia”
Couperin:  Grande Sonate en trio, “Le Parnasse, ou l'Apotheose de Corelli”
Mascitti:  Sonata, Op. 5, No. 12, “Psyché”
José Herrando:  Sonata for violin and continuo "El jardin de Aranjuez en tiempo de Primavera con diversos canto de páxaros y otros animales"
Corelli:  Sonata in d minor, Op. 5, No. 12, “La Folia”
Francisco José de Castro:  Trattenimento armonico No. 5 in sol minore

Tickets:  $25 reserved seating / $5 students with valid ID

To purchase:
Call:  773.702.ARTS
Visit:  UChicago Arts Box Office at the Logan Center
Fabio Biondi and Europa Galante
Violinist Fabio Biondi founded Europa Galante to draw the international public’s attention to a new and definitive Italian presence in the interpretation of music from the baroque and classical eras on original instruments.  In a few years thanks to their worldwide concert schedule and extraordinary recording successes, Europa Galante became the most internationally renowned and awarded Italian ensemble of baroque music.
Europa Galante has performed in many of the world’s major concert halls and theatres: La Scala Theatre in Milan, Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome, Suntory Hall of Tokyo, Concertgebouw of Amsterdam, Royal Albert Hall in London, Musikverein in Vienna, Lincoln Center in New York and Sydney Opera House.  The ensemble has toured in Australia, Japan, Canada, Israel, the USA and South America, often collaborates with the Ente Santa Cecilia in Rome to recover and restore eighteenth century Italian operas, and regularly performs at the Alessandro Scarlatti Festival in Palermo.
Their recordings have garnered many awards, including the “Premio Cini” of Venice and the “Choc de la Musique,” as well as five Golden Diapasons, Golden Diapason of the Year in France, RTL Prize, “Record of the Year” nominations in Spain, Canada, Sweden, France and Finland, and the “Prix du Disque.”  The ensemble has been nominated twice for a GRAMMY Award, and their Four Seasons CD sold an astounding 500,000 copies worldwide.  Since 1998 Europa Galante has recorded exclusively with Virgin Classics.
About the Latino Music Festival
2012 marks the seventh annual Latino Music Festival.  The festival is one of the core programs of the International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago (ILCC).  The Latino Music Festival of Chicago produces performances and promotes awareness of intellectually significant music from Latin America and Spain.  The Latino Music Festival functions as a bridge, bringing Latin American classical music to Chicago’s general audience and at the same time embraces an educational role by bringing this music to the Hispanic neighborhoods through concerts and educational programs.  The primary focus of the festival is to bring the best Hispanic music from the present and the past to various Chicago communities. The festival also places special emphasis upon the performance of educationally related concerts, and a dialogue between Chicago, Latin America and Spain.  The Latino Music Festival focuses on local talent, featuring several of Chicago’s most prestigious orchestras, ensembles and soloists, as well as a number of talented young professionals.  For more information and the complete Festival's schedule, please visit
About University of Chicago Presents
Heralded by the Chicago Tribune as “a model of what a classical concert series should be,” and “the city’s most important by a mile chamber music series” by the Chicago Sun-Times, UCP has been dedicated throughout its history to its mission of presenting music on an intimate scale at the highest level.  Learn more at, or follow us at or on Twitter at

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