Throwback orchestra Mercury has a unique but dedicated approach to performance in that it seeks not only to bring period pieces to an ever-expanding audience, but to try to play period-specific instruments to more fully realize the composer’s original vision. Blazing Baroque is an appropriately titled celebration of one of the most pleasant and accessible periods of classical music, held in the outdoors in the warm late summer air at the Miller Outdoor Theatre.
The program, featuring Jonathan Godfrey on violin, will showcase concertos from the likes of Antonio Vivaldi and Arcangelo Corelli, and will also include some more obscure works by Pietro Locatelli. Locatelli is a fairly mysterious artist often seen as the bridge between Corelli and Vivaldi who is best known for the L’arte del violino, a collection of pieces that -allow talented violinists plenty of room in the capricci to solo and shine. Mercury will be performing “Concerto No. 1 in D Major” from that work.
Sat., Sept. 1, 8 p.m., 2012