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Ospedale della Pietà

Acronym updated pictureFollowing their previous exploration of composer Johann Rosenmüller’s work while at the Ospedale della Pietà in Venice has naturally led ACRONYM to take a fresh look at Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. Rosenmüller and Vivaldi held the same position at the Venetian school, just decades apart. ACRONYM’s arrangement of The Four Seasons is a continuous reading of the masterpiece.

Baroque string band ACRONYM is dedicated to recording and giving modern premieres of the wild instrumental music of the seventeenth century. Early Music America Magazine writes “the idiomatic performances and spacious recording by these young musicians are absolutely first rate. This is a disc … belonging in everyone’s collection.” ACRONYM’s all-Valentini album was praised in Gramophone for being “played with expertise, enthusiasm, and an almost tactile sense of timbre.” Recent and upcoming engagements include Music Before 1800, Hamilton College Performing Arts Series, Academy of Early Music (Ann Arbor), Miami Bach Society’s Tropical Baroque Festival, Electric Earth Concerts (Peterborough, NH) and the Five Boroughs Music Festival. http://www.acronymensemble.com

Edwin Huizinga, violin
Johanna Novom, violin
Adriane Post, violin
Beth Wenstrom, violin
Kyle Miller, viola
Karina Schmitz, viola
Kivie Cahn-Lipman, tenor viol
Loren Ludwig, bass viol
Paul Dwyer, violoncello
Doug Balliett, violone
Simon Martyn-Ellis, theorbo
Elliot Figg, harpsichord and organ


Midtown Concerts sponsors lunchtime performances of music of the 18th century and earlier. Ensembles are chosen by a panel of early music specialists from the metropolitan area.

Time: Thursdays, 1:15–2:00 pm
All concerts are free; no tickets or reservations are necessary.

Concerts are in person at St. Malachy's Church, 239 West 49th Street, Manhattan, AND live streamed.