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Early Music New York will present a Grand Tour concert, featuring the music of 18th century Italian composers Corelli, Vivaldi and Scarlatti.

A Musical Grand Tour of Italy Ends Its 44th Season

In its closing concert of its 44th season, Early Music New York reaches the final destination of its season-long Grand Tour. On Saturday, May 4th at 7:30 pm, EM/NY will guide its audience through 18th century Italy with a concert at First Church of Christ Scientist in New York City. Corelli and Vivaldi concertos, sinfonias and overtures will frame a program enriched by contributions from other Italian composers.

Also featured are the works of Domenico Scarlatti (1685 – 1757), with his keyboard sonatas recast as concerti grossi by composer Charles Avison (1709 – 1770). Avison held a life-long admiration for Scarlatti, who was the mentor to Avison’s composition teacher. He wrote twelve concerti grossi arrangements of Scarlatti’s sonatas during his career. The EM/NY period orchestra will present one of these unique concerti arrangements, written for string orchestra, continuo and a solo group of two violins and a cello.

Most grand tourists of centuries past would end with a tour of Italy. This concert brings the audience across the length of Italy, from Vivaldi’s Venice in the north, through Corelli’s Rome and on to Scarlatti’s Naples in the south.

Tickets are $40.00 for reserved seats and $20.00 for students (with valid ID, available at door on the day of the performance). Tickets are available by phone (212-280-0330), on-line: www.EarlyMusicNY.org and at the door. First Church of Christ Scientist is located at 77 Central Park West (at 68th Street), in Manhattan.