Why should I donate to something taking place in Venice?
It is very simple. Venice was a great center for music from very early times, and we need your help to preserve that musical heritage for future generations. This music is a cultural treasure for the entire world, and it is essential to preserve it. You can make a big difference by becoming a member of Friends of Venice Music Project, a US 501c3 non-profit organization. With your help, we can preserve the musical tradition of Venice, bring to light forgotten gems of music from the Golden Age, and finance the restoration of the historic and beautiful places where we perform them.
Without Venetian music by Monteverdi, Cavalli, Vivaldi, and many others, there would be no music as we know it today. Without Venetian Church music and Monteverdi’s huge 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.
To hear Venice’s musical innovations performed in their original settings is absolutely breathtaking. 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, and we cannot let it die.
Researching music and creating modern editions is painstaking work, somewhat like musical archaeology. We were pleased to present last year, in their first performances in modern times, two settings of Metastasio’s Amor Prigioniero, by L. Predieri and G. Bonno, and have several new works in line for this season. Our first restoration project, in the Church of San Giovanni Evangelista began. In 2016, we adopted a new project in St. George Church.
As a member of Friends of Venice Music Project, you will contribute to our musical and restoration efforts, and help support our mandate to “give back” to this city that has given so much to our cultural heritage. All donations are fully tax-deductible to the extent of the law for US taxpayers.