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Allegro goes Italian in finale

August Denhard will perform solos on the theorbo, a baroque lute, in Allegro’s “Viva L’Italia” concert Friday at the Bing Crosby Theater. Courtesy of Allegro Baroque and Beyond (Courtesy of Allegro Baroque and Beyond)
August Denhard will perform solos on the theorbo, a baroque lute, in Allegro’s “Viva L’Italia” concert Friday at the Bing Crosby Theater. Courtesy of Allegro Baroque and Beyond (Courtesy of Allegro Baroque and Beyond)

Baroque music concert to feature Seattle’s August Denhard

Allegro Baroque and Beyond closes its mainstage series Friday at the Bing Crosby Theater with “Viva L’Italia,” a program of Italian baroque music performed on period instruments.

August Denhard of Seattle will perform two solos on the theorbo, a long-necked lute with an extended bass range.

Other instrumentalists include Peter Cama-Lekx and Joey O’Donnell on baroque violin, Barbara Krumdieck on baroque cello and Allegro co-artistic director Beverly Biggs on harpsichord.

Seattle soprano Rebekah Gilmore, a soloist in last season’s Allegro performance of Handel’s “Messiah,” will be featured in motets by Merula and Vivaldi.

The concert begins at 8 p.m. at the theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. Tickets range from $18 to $25, by calling (509) 455-6865 or online at www.allegrobaroque.org.

Eastern Washington University music professor Jane Ellsworth will give a pre-concert talk at 7:15 p.m.