The Ensemble Galilei will present a concert on Friday, February 9th at 8pm in Old Cabell Hall on the historic Lawn of the University of Virginia. The concert is free and open to the public.
The UVA McIntire Department of Music and the Front Porch Roots Music School present a residency by Ensemble Galilei. Founded in 1990, Ensemble Galilei is an ensemble of players from both classical and Celtic backgrounds, playing Irish and Scottish airs and dance tunes, early and medieval music, and original compositions. The Ensemble takes their name and inspiration from the life of composer Vincenzo Galilei, whose influence, some four hundred years ago, helped restore a vital element of passion to the music of the day. To achieve their unique Celtic sound, Ensemble Galilei has melded the elegance of chamber music with the energy and excitement of traditional music. An intricate blend of instruments grants listeners passage to another world, evoking musical images of the ancient Celts and bringing these images to life for today’s audiences. They have performed and toured globally for almost twenty-five years, and have been featured on multiple recordings and radio performances. The Washington Post writes: “Virtuoso technique, an instinctive feeling for the idiom, the courage to improvise…they play with energy, splendid ensemble, good humor and imagination.“
The Ensemble’s residency comprises an open rehearsal at the UVA Music Department, a noontime workshop at the Front Porch Roots Music School, and a culminating concert in Old Cabell Hall.