Ars Antigua performs “A Baroque Bestiary” to commemorate the famous Baroque Menagerie in Vienna’s Belvedere Park. Built by the Hapsburg emperor Charles III in 1716, the Menagerie caused a sensation with exotic animals including white bears, giraffes, leopards, hyenas, lions, cheetahs, camels and monkeys.
Ars Antigua (William Bauer and Brandi Berry, violins; Susan Rozendaal, viola; Anna Steinhoff, violoncello; Jeff Noonan, lute and theorbo; Jerry Fuller, violone) pays homage to the Animal Kingdom as seen through the lens of William Byrd, Antonio Vivaldi, Marco Uccellini, Henry Purcell and others. Ars Antigua believes that music is most profound when performed using techniques and instruments from the time period when it was composed. Their performances are critically acclaimed for technical excellence, emotional impact, and historical scholarship. This performance is part of the Early Music Series.