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A Venetian Affair

Venice Music Project: our story

In 2013, a group of internationally recognized musicians who live or studied in Venice, tired of traveling the world, decided to create a new musical reality in this amazing city.

Specializing in concerts with historic instruments in the exact style of Vivaldi’s time, we quickly realized discovered, in the course of our “musical archaeology,” how many amazing manuscripts of music were forgotten in archives and libraries when the world went mad for Mozart! So we made it our mission to transcribe and start to perform them for the first time in 200-300 years! In 2018, Venice Music Project launches its new “Hidden Treasures” series, to feature some of the music we have discovered.

Inspired by other international historic and artistic preservation endeavors, our mission has been expanded to help to fund the restoration of the beautiful and historic venues where we perform. In this manner, we hope to leave a greater Venetian patrimony for this and future generations to enjoy.

It is thanks to the strong musical traditions of Venice, sponsored by the families that were the backbone of the Republic of the Serenissima, that we have today’s music. Without Venetian Church music and Monteverdi’s advances with polyphony, the great traditions of choral music in England, France, and Germany would never have developed. Without the operas written by Monteverdi, Cavalli, and Vivaldi, not only would the later styles of opera never have been invented, but also there would be no basis for the American Musical or the German and Viennese Operetta, the Spanish Zarzuela, and even rock, pop, and contemporary music as we know it.

Even as we restore, we also create: the original pastiche that was created in 2014 by Liesl Odenweller and Andrea di Robilant based on the true 18th-century Venetian love story as recounted in Robilant’s book A Venetian Affair, has quickly become a favorite, drawing international audiences to the performances in Venice. The production, with music by Venetia Antiqua, narrated by Robilant himselt, will tour in the US and Canada in 2019.

We are excited to share this music with the world, and look forward to having you with us!

And remember…

We will Ba-ROCK you!


Our 2019-2020 supporters and members:

We thank our generous supporters and members: Raymond Albright, Susan Amatangelo, Curtis Anderson, Bill and Julie Ashbey, Associazione Traghetto Gondole San Toma’, Mark Atkinson, Soizic Adouard, Eda and Steve Baruch, Kamran Bayegan, Gary Beberman and Laurie Frankel, Diane and Cesare Benelli, Jane and George Blunden, Eleanor and Bill Boehler, Sarah and Francesco Boscu, Marcy Brenner, Lucy Parker and Jason Brooks, Tim Brown, Cheryl and Bill Bundy, Jan Bush, Pamela and Kent Cartwright, Brian Condon, Elinor Constable, Meryl and Chris Cooper, David and Mary Cost, Polly and Ted Coxe, Thom Culcasi, Delores Delli Santi, Meredith and Eric Denker, Megumi Eda, Conrad Ekkens, Isabelle and Jim English, Annie Fenn, Stacy Ferrati, Frank Family Charitable Foundation, Isidora Freris, Julie Galdieri, Ellen Garrity, Leslie Genninger, Ian Gibson-Smith, Federico and Micaela Gigliotti, Felicity and Michael Gillette, Ann Gilmartin, June Grant, Greater Cincinnati Foundation Grant, Stacy Grenier, K. Scott Gudgeon, Gerard Holland and Dietrich Thumser, Raymond Hughes, Judy and Christopher Hurrion, Cassandra and Frederick Ilchman, Betsy and Bill Johnston, Jessica Karp, Emily Klassen, Emily and Peter Leach, David Lowe, Juliana Lowry, Geraldine Ludbrook, Candace Magner, Steve Mandel, Piero Marchesi and Irina Ivancich, Deborah Mintz, Monteverdi LLC, Damon Myers, Jane and Bob Odenweller, Nancy O’Halloran, Amy Osajima, Elizabeth and Steve Parker, Andrea Pettenello, Cecelia Pierotti, Brian Price, Jonathan and Nina Punt, Arun Rangaswamy and Phil Frost, Radha Rangaswamy, Malina Rauschenfelds, Kathleen Redd Henderson, Margaret and Derek Richardson, Bud Roach, Mara and Heather Robinson, John Rose and Philip Truckenbrod, Sally and Blair Ruble, Paula and Jan Rudinoff, Margaret and Peter Sandberg, Lorenza Savini, Sally Skidmore, John Skubel, Parish of San Zulian via Betty Ferrari and Peter Smallpeice, Martin Smith, Erika Sunnegardh, Marica Tacconi, Mary Thomas Tacconi, Cesilie Tandero, Margaret Tew Romero, Harvey Thomas, Maureen and David Thomas, Susanna and Marco Tribo’, Randy Turk, Bernard van der Hoeven, Johanna von der Decken, Gilly and Chris Wiscarson, Martha Stires Wright, John Zeiler.

In-kind gifts: Roger Branson, Class VB Liceo Classico Marco Polo, Gualti, Hotel American Dinesen, Immagina7376, Luca Rajna Progetti Fotografici, Luisella Romeo, Paolo Rusca, Raymond Scott, Vigna Belvedere, Alexandra Voltan, Katia Waegemans.