In 2015, with the support of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport of Georgia, Tbilisi State Chamber Orchestra  “Geor­ gian Sinfonietta” founded the annual Tbilisi Baroque Festival.  IT has since been visited by the best performers of Baroque Music, including Jordi Savall, Sergio Azzolini, Christine Busch, Jean Rondeau, Davide Amadio, Orchestra “Akademie fur Alte Music Berlin” and others.

The 4th festival \Viii be held from November 9 to December 3. On November 9, it will opened by a concert dedicated to the 10th anniversary of Georgian Sinfonietta. The documentary film ‘Georgian Sinfonietta 10’, directed by Nino Akhvlediani, will be screened in the first half of the concert. The Early Dances will be performed in the second half of the concert, transporting attendees to a royal ball of the Baroque period. On November 16,attendees will beabletoattend a concert of German music. On November 19 and 22, before the  beginning of the concert, David Gigineishviliwill conduct a thematic introductory lecture in the Theater Hall. On November 19,German conductor and violinist Christoph Mayer will hold a concert of baroque music titled ‘Italy meets England.’ On November 20 at 19:00, Thea Mukeria’s public  lecture – “The Mystery of Mozart Requiem” will be held at “Sinfonietta Stage” (sanapiro str. N4, buildin 2, floor 8). On November 22, the festival will host Italian Ensemble Zefiro founded by AlfredoBernardini. Ensemble F.Krom­ mer, with works by Mozart and Beethoven, wi ll present a concert called ‘An Evening with Harmony in Vienna.’

On November 25, for the first time in Georgia, Mozart’s ‘Requiem’ will beperformed with period instruments, including a positiveorgan, on loan to Tbilisi from famous mentor Claus Hipp. The performers  are: the  Tbilisi  Baroque  Choir, the ‘Georgian Sinfonietta’ and the musicians of Ensemble Zefiro and  the soloists  are: Mariam Kublashvili   (soprano), Nutsa   Zakaidzemezzo (soprano),  Giorgi  Davitadze  (tenor),  and  Givi Gigineishvili (bass).

On December I, 2 and 3, for the first time in Georgia,at the closing ceremony ofTbilisi Baroque Festival, ‘Georgian Si nfonietta’ and Giorgi Aleksidze Tbilisi Contemporary Ballet (Artistic Director Mariam Aleksidze)will present Contemporary Ballet ‘Folia’ at the Royal District Theatre.

Scienti fic and educational lectures and workshops will be held within the frames of the Festival.

The participants of the festival also include: Tbilisi Baroque Choir, Mikheil Abrarnishvil i (coun­ tertenor),  Anna  Kurdovanidze  (harpsichord , positive organ), Alexander Vasadze (harpsichord , positive organ), Etienne Galletier (theorbo , baroque guitar, France), Francesco Olivero (theorbo / baroque guitar,Italy), George Kobulashvili (oboe), Kakhl Chargeishvili (Salamuri), and Merab Sanodze  (drums).

Partners of the festival are: the Ministry of Edu­ cation, Culture and Sport of Georgia, Tbilisi City Hall, Georgian National Tourism Administration, Embassy of Germany and Italy in Georgia. Sup­ porter:’Check in Georgia.’

Tbilisi Baroque Festival Concerts will be held: on November 9, 16,19 and 25at Rustaveli Theater Small Stage; The Final Even ings will be held on December I, 2, and 3 December at the Royal Dis­ trict Theater; at 19:30.Tickets are available at host theater box offices and online at www.biletebi. ge.

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