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Venice Baroque Orchestra: The Swedish Nightingale

Giampiero Zanocco, concertmaster
Ann Hallenberg, mezzo-soprano

In the early 1850s, much of the United States went wild with Jenny Lind mania, celebrating this Swedish singer on her American tour with not only enormous enthusiasm at concerts, but the naming of products such as Jenny Lind hats, gloves, furniture, and more. Now Venice Baroque Orchestra and Swedish mezzo-soprano Ann Hallenberg pay tribute to Lind’s musicianship as Hallenberg performs arias of Orlandini, Giacomelli, Hasse, Handel, and Vivaldi. Hallenberg rose to fame in 2003 when she replaced Cecilia Bartoli on one day’s notice at the Opernhaus Zürich; she is now established as one of the world’s leading mezzo-sopranos. The Venice Baroque Orchestra, a dynamic ensemble of musicians who love what they do and who let that enjoyment show, promise on their fourth Krannert Center visit to again enthrall audiences with their “sheer delight in virtuosity” (The New York Times).

This performance will last approximately one hour and 40 minutes with a 20-minute intermission.

The Venice Baroque Orchestra is supported by the Fondazione Cassamarca in Treviso, Italy.


Before the performance, enjoy a special dinner buffet service at Intermezzo cafe. Select from slow-roasted, hand-carved prime rib or roast pork tenderloin with creamy dijon sauce for $21.95. You’ll receive red-skinned mashed potatoes, fresh steamed vegetables, and rolls with your entree as well as a beverage of your choice. Service begins at 5:30pm and continues until 7:30pm. Tickets may be purchased in advance at Intermezzo cafe.

Endowed Sponsors

  • Mary & Kenneth Andersen
  • Lois & Louis Kent

Endowed Co-sponsors

  • Allan & Pat Tuchman

Patron Sponsor

  • James Economy

Patron Co-sponsors

  • Peggy & Christopher Huson
  • Maxine & Jim Kaler
  • Diana Sheets & Stephen Levinson in memory of Dr. Arthur Chitz, Music Director of the Dresden Schauspielhaus
  • Stephen & Ann Long
  • Mary Schuler & Stephen Sligar
  • Iris & Burt Swanson
  • Anonymous in honor of Liza Goldwasser

Corporate and Community Bronze Sponsor

  • Champaign-Urbana Holistic Health Center, LLC

With deep gratitude, Krannert Center thanks all Patron Sponsors and Corporate and Community Sponsors.

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Event Details

Foellinger Great Hall
Th Mar 05, 2020 - 7:30pm
Pick Five+: 45 / SC 40 / STU 15 / UI & YTH 10 Single: 47 / SC 42 / STU 15 / UI & YTH 10 Choral Balcony: 15 / UI & YTH 10 Great Hall Series (5 events): 237 / SC 212 / STU 75 / UI & YTH 50