Venice Music Project

Venice Music Project: Hours, Address, Venice Music Project Reviews: 5/5

Venice Music Project
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
12:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Recommended by the New York Times in the article "36 Hours in Venice," Venice Music Project presents its fourth season of concerts, taking you back in time to the era when Venice was a musical center of international prestige. Together, we will discover the great tradition of music in the Veneto, performed with original instruments and performance practices, in the prestigious Palazzo Rota Ivancich, where Hemingway and Liszt were among the many important guests. Our resident orchestra, Venetia Antiqua, will also host prestigious ensembles from around the world. An important part of our mandate is the restoration of the places where we perform and the works of art that they contain, to help the city to remain alive for our own and future generations. This will be possible through our US501c3 non-profit organization, Friends of Venice Music Project, our Italian Associazione Culturale for European donations, and additionally a portion of box office receipts.
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Neighborhood: Dorsoduro / Accademia
Artsy is the defining mood of this neighborhood with street artists, students, painters, sculptors, restorers, curators, historians, collectors, heirs and heiresses rubbing elbows. Peggy Guggenheim's collection, now a museum, lures chic locals for evening art aperitifs. Traditionalists and visionaries cocoon in bohemian luxury. La Salute basilica buttresses the neighborhood to the east. Gondolas bob in the morning light. The Accademia Bridge crosses the Grand Canal. A back street doubles as basketball court. Palaces house residents, or like Ca' Foscari a university, or a museum like Ca’ Rezzonico that attracts Venetians for concerts. Dorsoduro reveals its industrial roots too, in buildings converted to house university departments or exhibitions. Campo Santa Margherita bursts with youthful energy from local students. Foot traffic bustles to and from Piazzale Roma and Santa Lucia train station. Evening commuters pause for an aperitivo. Neighbors exchange confidants in a campo (square) on their way to market.
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Kitty P
London, UK4 contributions
Sep 2020 • Friends
Just saw their first performance back - it was absolutely amazing!! The singers have wonderful voices and the musicians were really great.
Written September 5, 2020
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M Choate
2 contributions
Sep 2019
My friend and I went to see this and we both loved it! She is a pianist and frequents operas and symphonies, and I am completely out of my element with both, but we throughly enjoyed it. Lasted about an hour, really cool to hear these talented musicians play the authentic instruments, and the contralto singer was great too.
Written September 22, 2019
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Boston, MA6 contributions
Jun 2019
I'm generally lucky enough to come to Venice annually, and any visit to Venice is always improved with some glorious live music, transporting us back to the 18C when this city was on the cutting edge of Western music. The Venice Music Project has performed in a number of venues in the city over the years, but their semi-permanent base of Saint George's Church seems to very work well. The programs are on the short side (meaning easy to fit into a full day of activities and before dinner), chosen with care, and performed with energy. There is generally a good mix of instrumental and vocal music. In a recent concert I was particularly impressed by the violinist Giacomo Catana and the lutenist Ivano Zaneghi. Both were superb. Highly recommended!
Written August 9, 2019
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1 contribution
May 2019 • Couples
Visitors to Venice who love Baroque music have a treat in store for them. Venice Music Project offers performances played on original instruments, allowing you to hear the sound their original audiences heard. Their musical standards are high, and it's a privilege to share the joy they transmit. Three or four musicians play on a variety of instruments, joined by a soprano with a gorgeous voice. All of them are very, very good at what they do. They perform on weekends at St. George’s Anglican Church, at Campo San Vio, near the Accademia Bridge. Like everything else about Venice Music Project, the acoustics there are excellent. They're on the Web.
Written May 27, 2019
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Mike P
Annapolis, MD32 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
I highly recommend a performance by Venice Music Project (VMP)! My friend purchased the tickets at home on the US online, then four of us went our first night in Venice. You get an authentic experience in a gorgeous setting, and feel transported to another time. These musicians deserve our support for the effort and expertise they have honed over many years. Your Venice experience should absolutely include this in your itinerary. Go see a concert with VMP and then have dinner nearby. What a night!
Written May 24, 2019
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Seattle, WA212 contributions
Apr 2019 • Solo
You will be hard-pressed to find something as unique and un-touristy as the Venice Music Project.

This came to me via my AirBnB rental but I ended up researching the project and finding more information about it online and booked through their website. I highly recommend doing so. There is a lot more information on their website and social media profiles than on AirBnB and the booking on their site offers more options.

Their programs change regularly, but the venue stays the same. This lovely little church a few steps from L’Accademia bridge & vaporetto stop is absolutely precious and comfortable. I don’t know if it actually still operates as a church, but I have a sneaking suspicion it does, and is for a very small, select clientele, because it’s about the size of an American SUV on the inside. Which is entirely the charm of it.

The night I attended, the program was a Bach-centered one, with a viola gamba, harpsichord and contralto vocalist. The artists were all women, and it was absolutely lovely. The sound of the harpsichord and viola drifting around the historic and cozy church was delicious. And the vocalist was incredible.

The program’s are a manageable length as well — about an hour. We asked for an encore because they were that fantastic, but we were still out by 20:30, which was perfect for an evening stroll through the sestieres.

Do yourself a favor and book this experience — whether you have a weekend or a week, it is worth it. Also book via their website — there are more offerings there. I booked a VIP ticket which was a bit more expensive, but came with early (and cushioned) seating as well as a glass of prosecco. This was a lovely experience for me, being a solo traveler, but may not be your cup of tea. Tickets were largely available at the door as well, but to guarantee a seat, definitely book ahead.

Also come early and treat yourself to a pre-show cocktail at the awesome bar around the corner or one of the restaurants nearby. Even Gino’s, which could be considered the more “touristy” of the spots, was absolutely delicious and very accommodating. (A simple tagliatelle bolognese was hot and fresh and the pasta perfectly al dente and typically very eggy. And the staff was sweet and tolerated my crappy Italian. But that’s another review for another time.)

Do it. You won’t be sorry.
Written April 14, 2019
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Gabriola Island, Canada104 contributions
Nov 2018 • Solo
I happened upon their last concert of the year in St Georges Anglican church just off Campo San Vio. It was one of the highlights of my last visit. They performed a lovely range of baroque music that lay mostly undiscovered, in a venue that was perfectly suited to the evening. The Venice Music Project is a wonderful addition to the music scene in the city.
Written January 3, 2019
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Newton, MA5 contributions
Jun 2018 • Friends
On 6/17/18 at the Anglican Church of St George in the Campo di San Vio, the Venice Music Project presented Venetia Mundi Splendour, songs found in old manuscripts and archives from the 14th and 15thcenturies which were written for various doges and important visiting dignitaries of the time. The 5 clear, strong, and precise voices of the Ensemble Oktoechos transported us to the ducal palace and Venetian drawing rooms of ages ago; it was sublime. Look for Venice Music Project which aims to “create a new musical reality in Venice” as it tours with its music to bring you the luminosity of this splendid and ever adapting city. For an hour and beyond, we were able to get away from the 77,000 daily tourists and the monstrous and not wanted huge ships which are harming this wonder of the world in multiple ways. Their music transports listeners to another time and place, complex, overwhelming, and lovely.
Written June 19, 2018
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New York City, NY2 contributions
May 2018 • Couples
Yesterday, we were blown away by this magical music experience. The Soprano, Liesl Odenweller, was fabulous -- her voice was beautiful, and the venue provided acoustical color. As my wife and I told her after the performance, we would like to be able to hear her at the Metropolitan Opera, in Lincoln Center, New York, our "local" opera venue. The next best thing, is to purchase her remarkable CD at the concert. The other artists: Giacomo Catana, Violino, Cristina Vidone, violoncello and Marijia Jovanovic, Clavicembalo, were also superb, and it was wonderful when they all joined in singing together. All-in-all, a singularly wonderful Venetian evening. Don’t miss a performace of this marvelous Ensemble!
Written May 14, 2018
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3 contributions
Apr 2018 • Couples
Wonderful music performed by local musicians. The venue is St. George’s Anglican Church excellent acoustics. Program last slightly more than an hour. We attended a Saturday evening @7 there is also a Sunday performance @5. Got a little thirsty and hungry went to Corner Pub 70 feet down the Calle from the church. Served its purpose.
Written May 3, 2018
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