The Vesuvius Ensemble is dedicated to the musical and cultural heritage of Naples and other parts of southern Italy. The ensemble performs songs from the Italian countryside in dialects that have been passed on orally and in writing over centuries and finally researched and recorded in the 20th century. The songs are accompanied by Baroque continuo instruments in combination with rustic string, percussion, and wind instruments typical of the region. The ensemble is led by Francesco Pellegrino, the Italian tenor who performed at La Scala and now resides in Toronto, teaching Italian art song at the University of Toronto. Joining him are Marco Cera (oboist with Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and guitarist with Polaris Ensemble) and lutenist Lucas Harris. For more information:sota.mcmaster.ca
Tickets $20, senior $15, student $5.