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It Ain’t Necessarily So! | Musica Viva!
24 September 2022 | 6:30 pmMembers Only
A renowned violinist and pianist/actor combine virtuosic performances, theatrical humor, and pop culture together as Duo Baldo! In a small town on the outskirts of Florence, Italy, the group was born in the most natural of ways, with a casual meeting of two very different people from two very diverse cultural backgrounds. With over a thousand performances in major concert halls, recital halls and theaters, Duo Baldo make for a show that captivates and surprises!
“What can I say? Discouraging? Scandalizing? Irritating? Blasphemous? All in all Duo Baldo’s performance has to be seen, words are not enough to convey the subtle irony that pervades it.”
– Susan Jarman, Grapevine Magazine
“The duo gave such an explosive performance, mixed with a series of exhilarating gags, that they literally conquered the audience.”
– Giancarlo Caselli, Liricamente (Teatro Goldoni di Livorno)
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
The musical comedy team Duo Baldo is renowned violinist Brad Repp and pianist/actor Aldo Gentileschi. Their critically acclaimed concerts combine virtuosic performances, theatrical humor and pop culture.
Duo Baldo made their debut with Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli in 2004. In February 2006, Duo Baldo won first prize at the National Short Theater Competition in Florence. After winning first prize at the 2009 Musicomicontest, they performed at the opening of the 2010 Salzburg Festival. Other invitations include Tokyo’s Musashino Cultural Foundation, the Shanghai Concert Hall, the Mozaic Festival, the Beijing Concert Hall, the Chamber Music Society of Trieste, as well as appearances in Brescia, Cincinnati, Baltimore, Lugano (Switzerland), Mexico City and Stockholm. In 2016, the duo was highly praised for a successful television appearance on Italy’s popular talent show, “Tu Sí Que Vales”. In 2018, the duo made their first successful US Tour which included 36 cities. Also in 2018 the duo performed to a sold-out crowd at Taipei’s prestigious National Concert Hall, earning themselves a second invitation in October of 2019. In 2019, the duo appeared in the new and innovative TV series, “Now Hear This” on Great Performances | PBS, the first classical music television series broadcast in primetime since 1967. (episodes n.1 and n.4)
Brad Repp performs on a 1736 Testore violin. Aldo Gentileschi performs on whatever piano he can find.
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