Back in March when I first started exploring possible performance venues for “Peggy’s Violin” I contacted the Guggenheim Museum in Venice and they responded with interest. However, when we visited the museum today it appears that they have only small “domestic” sized rooms that would not function well at all for a performance for a young audience. We very much enjoyed our visit to the museum; the space, the exhibits and Peggy Guggenheim’s story and legacy were all very compelling. Even the garden space with its wonderful random stone and tile patterns, bronze sculptures and plantings of trees and perennials were a feast for the eyes. Nevertheless the focus of this museum does not seem to fit or connect with our story of “Peggy’s Violin”.
Leaving the museum we ventured to some old instrument displays in two different churches and stumbled on a venue that had a concert this evening of Vivaldi Concertos. Since my main focus in Venice is to find out more about the life, performance and music of Vivaldi we thought we would enjoy this. And I am also always on the look out for chamber ensembles to bring to Mississauga for our concert series. We have just returned from that performance and unfortunately had to leave at intermission! I cannot tolerate bad intonation, or indifferent performance standards from professional performers. I somehow wonder if this was another opportunistic tourist grab.
Reflecting back on our Thursday adventures, the early morning cruise through the Grand Canal organized by Olivia was the highlight of the day. We just took the Vaporetto from in front of our hotel on its circuit around Venice. This was the only means of transportation in Vivaldi’s time and still is today, although boats now have engines they are limited with very slow speeds as the wake of the traffic through the canals is causing some serious wear on the walls of the canal and the buildings.
With Olivia reading from the guide book and pointing out all the buildings, I got a lot of great pictures of buildings, bridges, canals, gondolas, windows and tiny laneways, that have been here a long long time. The buildings were in various states of disrepair, in the process of restoration and others very well maintained. Venetians seem to be very proud of their city and there is so much history here that they have a lot to be proud of.