Salon/Sanctuary Italia

We are delighted and honored to initiate a series of early music concerts to take place in Italy throughout the season. The first two we proudly present with the generous patronage of the Comune di Sabbioneta and the Associazione per Boboli of Florence. 

Two Renaissance theaters – the Teatro all'Antica of Sabbioneta, built in 1590 by Vincenzo Gonzaga, and the Teatrino of Palazzo Lenzi, part of a palace constructed in 1470 – host our opening concerts.

All concerts are free admission and open to the public, according to seating availability.

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October 12, 9:00pm

Il Teatro all'Antica di Sabbioneta
Via Teatro
With the patronage of the Comune di Sabbioneta

From Ghetto to Cappella 

Interfaith Exchanges in the Music of Baroque Italy

Ensemble L’Aura Soave Cremona

Jessica Gould, soprano e Noa Frenkel, contralto

Diego Cantalupi, lute

Rodney Prada, viola da gamba

Kenneth Hamrick, harpsichord

Unaccompanied Hebrew chants, works of Strozzi, Marcello, Salamone Rossi and others attest to a lively exchange of musical ideas during a time of great oppression.

Our original program, which commemorates the 500th anniversary of the construction of the Venetian Ghetto, which opened the season of musical events at the Great Synagogue of Florence in June, will be part of the La Serenissima Festival presented by Carnegie Hall in February 2017.

We are honored to have the privilege of presenting our program in the awe-inspiring Teatro all'Antica of Sabbioneta, constructed in 1590 by Vincenzo Gonzaga, and one of three extant Renaissance theaters left in the world today.

October 21, 9:00pm

Il Teatrino dell'Istituto Francese di Firenze
Palazzo Lenzi
Piazza d'Ognissanti, 2 Firenze
With the patronage of the Associazione per Boboli
At the Pleasure of Mazarin
Roman Treasures from the Bibliothèque Nationale de Paris

Ensemble L'Aura Soave Cremona

Jessica Gould, soprano
Diego Cantalupi, lute
Francesco Galligioni, cello
Kenneth Hamrick, harpsichord

A Cardinal who never took holy orders, Mazarin, né Giulio Raimondo Mazzarino, was born near Naples, grew up in Rome, and became Chief Minister of France. The most powerful advisor to Louis XIV was more fascinated by art than theology, he imported innumerable Italian compositions and a fair number of Italian composers. His dedication to artistic splendor was a hallmark of his tenure and a gift to subsequent generations.


Native sons whom he championed include Luigi Rossi, Virgilio Mazzocchi, and Giacomo Carissimi. Their music, mostly Roman, and mostly born of the decadent Barberini papal court, came to transform the music of France. Arias, cantatas, and operas by these Italian composers and more can be found to this day at the Bibliothèque Nationale de Paris, where many treasures of Mazarin’s collection still await a performance in our own time.