Carnegie Hall is paying tribute to the divine music of the Venetian Republic at various venues in New York until February 21.

Venice in its heyday was an improbable paradise where city meets sea. The Venetian Republic, known as La Serenissima, or “the Most Serene Republic,” reached impressive levels of maritime supremacy, democratic progressiveness, financial prosperity, and cultural achievement and innovation. The Venetian Republic flourished for 1,000 years before its fall to Napoleon in 1797.

Carnegie Hall is saluting the city-state’s dazzling artistic legacy with concerts that feature vocal masterpieces and virtuoso instrumental music. The celebration also extends citywide with events at leading cultural institutions, including panel discussions, theatrical events, and art exhibitions that not only examine the rich culture of the Venetian Republic, but also the scandalous, ribald, and libertine history that the passage of time has rendered less familiar.

The impressive range of concerts include a rare Vivaldi opera, early music recitals, choral events, rare music by Barbara Strozzi, Venice’s woman composer, and performances by early-music maestro Jordi Savall.  To learn more about this celebration of “La Serenissima” check out www.carenegiehall.org/venice.

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