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O Come, Shepherds

Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra with Vesuvius Ensemble
Special guest: Tommaso Sollazzo, zampogna

The joy of the holiday season shines with the pastoral warmth of the Italian countryside.

For centuries, the sound of the zampogna, special bagpipes played by shepherds, has been a central part of Italian Christmas festivities. Now you'll hear this fabulous folk instrument in this concert blending baroque Italian Christmas concertos with the heartfelt Christmas music of Southern Italy, performed by Toronto's own Vesuvius Ensemble. 

With Corelli rubbing shoulders with the traditional Novena di Natale, and a baroque orchestra sharing space with the zampogna, ciaramella, mandolins, and traditional guitars, Tafelmusik and Vesuvius present a colourful Christmas celebration straight from the heart of Southern Italy’s warm, boisterous countryside. 

Program:

  • Traditional Novena di Natale
  • Manfredini Concerto grosso in C Major, op. 3, no. 12
  • de' Liguori Quanno nascette ninno
  • Caesana La Tarantella
  • Traditional Procida (Campania) La 'nferta
  • Traditional (Abruzzo) Alla fredda tua capanna
  • Schiassi Sinfonia pastorale per il santissimo natale di nostro Jesu
  • Traditional (Calabria) Veni sonne de la mutagnella
  • Traditional (Sicily) La notti di Natali

Intermission

  • Pasquini Introduzzione & Pastorale
  • Traditional (Puglia) Ninna nanna di Carpino
  • Scarlatti "Autor d'ogni mio ben" from Cantata pastorale per la nascita di nostro Signore
  • Tartini Pastorale from Sonata, op. 1, no. 13
  • Traditional Zampogna solo
  • dall'Abaco Allegro "La Zampogna" from Sonata VII
  • Corelli Concerto fatto per la notte di Natale, op. 6, no. 8
  • Traditional (Sicily) Diu vi manna l’ambasciata