Van Diemen’s Band presents the Italian Baroque Sessions, an Academy and Festival of Italian Baroque. Participants will attend an academy-style education project open to musicians from across Australia culminating in a four-day festival featuring VDB performing chamber works including Corelli’s trio sonatas. The grand finale presents a gala-sized orchestra comprising academy participants performing alongside VDB. The Gala Performance will feature the glorious Op 6 Concerti Grossi by Arcangelo Corelli. Click here for Academy information (1 to 5 March 2020).
TOUR CANCELLED: Van Diemen’s Band travels the highways and byways of Tasmania performing 17th-century music from Bohemia. Featuring composers Biber and Weichlein, who brought music to a new level of experimentation, the program also includes the famous Canon by Pachelbel and Kapsberger’s haunting Toccata Arpeggiata. The ensemble for this program includes the magical combination of two theorboes and two violas da gamba.
Van Diemen’s Band is delighted to present internationally renowned viola da gambist Paolo Pandolfo performing JS Bach’s complete Cello Suites on the viola da gamba. Book early for a very special evening of Pandolfo’s eloquent, world- famous rendition of Bach’s celebrated solo suites. This concert will be in two parts (Suites 1–3 and 4–6) with a one-hour supper interval. ‘Pandolfo’s artistry stands on its own feet and hits you between the eyes.’ Gramophone
6pm, Friday 7 August, Hobart Town Hall
T: $70 | $80 | $90
One regional tour isn’t enough! Van Diemen’s Band hits the road once again, this time showcasing the music of Antonio Vivaldi. Audiences in regional Tasmania will be treated to a selection of concertos from Vivaldi’s celebrated L’estro armonico, a collection which dazzled 18th-century Europe and continues to hold listeners spellbound today.
3pm, Sun 6 September Uniting Church, Burnie
T: $25 | $35
Christmas in 18th-century Venice was an extravagant affair. In this concert, Van Diemen’s Band performs a gorgeous selection of Venetian music written to celebrate the Christmas season, including works by Gabrieli and Cavalli. The concert, directed by French guest conductor Martin Gester, also includes well-known Christmas carols.