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JORY VINIKOUR AT CAPRICCIO

Jory Vinikour garners further acclaim from reviewers for his exceptional, virtuosic performance – ‘La joie de vivre!’ – at Capriccio Baroque on Saturday, September 18, 2021. Read Voix des Arts’ glowing review here: https://www.voix-des-arts.com/2021/09/performance-review-w-byrd-j-bull-j-s.html

Rave Review for Jory Vinikour’s Capriccio Concert

Capriccio’s Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021, concert ‘La joie de vivre’ featuring Jory Vinikour aimed to lift the audiences’ spirits after a prolonged and bleak period when concert halls have been shuttered. Jory more than delivered! The Washington Classical Review’s Charles Downey showered the performance with praise, describing it as “…a sensational evening”. Jory Vinikour’s exceptional technique and bountiful musicality shone in a program packed with “effervescent and devilishly challenging pieces” full of “…finger-twisting calisthenics…” (Charles Downey) by Byrd, Bull, J.S. Bach, D. Scarlatti, Rameau, L. Couperin, and Royer. Read the full review here: https://washingtonclassicalreview.com/2021/09/19/capriccio-baroque-series-reopens-with-versatile-vinikour-at-the-harpsichord/

Updated October 12, 2021

Capriccio is delighted to welcome audiences back to our live concerts. We’re thrilled to once again share with patrons the very particular beauties and joys of live performances played by exceptional harpsichordists and musicians.

We want to assure our patrons that Capriccio is committed to ensuring the health and safety of patrons, employees, and artists at our concerts. We are regularly updating our Covid-19 Safety Protocols so they are consistent with guidance offered by top medical authorities. Please read about our current Safety Protocols here:

CAPRICCIO’S SAFETY PROTOCOLS AS OF OCTOBER 12, 2021

– Staff, volunteer concert assistants, and artists at Capriccio concerts will always have been fully vaccinated. They will also have been tested for, and cleared of, Covid-19 prior to the concert.

 Patrons will need to provide proof they are fully vaccinated at the concert door. Paper or electronic copies of vaccination will be accepted and IDs should be shown. Patrons with a medical condition preventing vaccination and children under 12 will be excepted from this requirement but will instead need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 24 hours of the concert start time.

– Capriccio requires that patrons wear a well-fitted mask covering the nose and mouth at all times in concert venues, including through the performance. Artists, who will all be fully vaccinated and tested for Covid before the concert, will enter the stage masked, but may remove their mask while performing.

– About our Venues: We are generally using larger public venues where seats can be widely spaced. However, in response to requests, we are cautiously re-introducing the occasional house concert. House concert venues will have been well-aired and intensively cleaned the day of the concert. In any venue, regardless of size, chairs will be spaced by ticketed group and audiences will be kept small. For the foreseeable future, we will not offer our usual pre-concert complimentary canapés and beverages to limit mask removal.

– Concert ticket holders will receive a Safety Protocol ‘gentle reminder’ email a few days prior to the concert reconfirming the Safety Protocols and providing details of any changes/updates.

– Capriccio urges patrons who feel unwell before a concert to stay home. Ticket exchanges will be offered to any patron advising Capriccio before a concert that they feel unwell.

Liability Release: Please note that by purchasing a ticket to, or attending, a Capriccio Baroque concert, patrons are agreeing to release Capriccio from claims of any nature related to the coronavirus pandemic and the Covid-19 disease and any related disease, specifically including, but not limited to, any claim that the patron or any event participant has contracted or been exposed to the relevant coronavirus while attending a Capriccio event.

Capriccio thanks you for your understanding and consideration
Questions or need more information? Email Carolyn@CapriccioBaroque.org

We’re giddy with delight as we launch our 2021/2022 Season featuring exceptional harpsichordists in extraordinary live!! and virtual concerts. We’ve have a wonderful line-up of harpsichordists who’ll be performing diverse and compelling programs.

While we very much hope the Season will proceed as planned, we must make provision for possible interruptions. This means we’ll open ticket sales for a concert 4 to 6 weeks out from the concert date. On the day we open ticket sales for a concert we’ll send our Subscribers an email announcing this. If you’re not already on the subscriber’s list, do complete one of the sign-up boxes on this website so you are kept informed and don’t miss out on tickets. We’re sorry to announce that we’ll not offer our popular Subscription Packages this Season because of the continuing uncertainties.  We request patrons’ understanding on these measures; our intention is to avoid disappointment and a cycle of ticket refunds. 

We so look forward to welcoming you back in person to – very hopefully! – a full Season of extraordinary concerts!

A New Harpsichord at Capriccio

Capriccio is delighted to have access to a second very fine harpsichord for its concerts. This beautiful instrument was built and decorated by Colin Booth, one of Britain’s premier early keyboard builders. Colin is also an acclaimed recording artist and performer. This two-manual instrument is built after J.C. Fleischer’s 1710 one-manual harpsichord, now housed in the Berlin Musical Instrument Museum. It has featured in early music festivals in England and was used by English harpsichordist Richard Lester in his extensive recordings of J.S. Bach’s keyboard works. Built in the German style, the instrument is particularly well-suited to northern European Baroque music. The beautiful lid, painted by Colin, shows a copy of John William Waterhouse’s ‘Echo and Narcissus’. The keyboards are GG-d3 chromatic with the usual three registers, two at normal pitch and the third at octave pitch. The registers can be used separately or in combinations. An unusually beautiful buff stop extends the range of tonal options.
Capriccio looks forward to presenting Colin Booth in concert this Season – a most exceptional harpsichordist performing on an exquisite instrument.