I Virtuosi di Modena

Music from the court of Modena

February 13-17, 2019

While most tourists and foodies today think of Modena in Northern Italy as the home of balsamic vinegar and Lamborghinis, 17th-century Italians

knew Modena not only as the court of the once-legendary Este family, but also as a hotbed of instrumental virtuosity. Dukes Alfonso IV and

Francesco II kept in their royal employ some of Italy’s finest string players. Yet rather than publish the music of these spectacular musicians, the Este nobles preferred to keep their court composers’ talents to themselves. Many of the fantastical works written by these composers lay buried in the archives for years.


With I virtuosi di Modena Ensemble Bizarria brings the music of the Este court to life, featuring rare gems for violin and cello by 17th-century composers Cima, Colombi, Uccellini and others.

Ensemble Bizarria

Lindsey Strand-Polyak, violin

Alexa Haynes-Pilon, cello

Concert Dates and Tickets: 

Wednesday, February 13 @ 6:30pm

($20 suggested donation, at the door)

Sudwerk, 2001 2nd St, Davis, CA 95618

Friday, February 15 @ 7pm

($30 suggested donation)

Private Home, Sebastapol, CA

Saturday, February 16 @ 7:30pm

($30 suggested donation)

Private Home, Santa Rosa, CA

Sunday, February 17 @ 4:30pm

($20 general admission)

San Francisco Early Music Society's "Early Music Sundays" Series

California Jazz Conservatory, 2087 Addison St., Berkeley, CA 94704

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