The America-Italy Society sponsors a free concert series by the critically acclaimed Amerita Chamber Players, Philadelphia’s unique musical ensemble, specializing in the work of Italian composers of the 17th and 18th centuries.
The group presented its first concert fifty-five years ago at The Philadelphia Museum of Art under the auspices of the America-Italy Society, and their annual concerts of Italian Baroque music remain the Society’s most popular event.
The Amerita Chamber Players was founded by Philadelphia Orchestra violinist, Frank Costanzo and then Consul General of Italy in Philadelphia, Dr. Giovanni Luciolli, who agreed that Philadelphia should have the opportunity to hear fine performances of the classical music that is so vital a part of the Italian cultural heritage.
What began as a small string orchestra is today, under the direction of harpsichordist Davyd Booth and bassist-gambist Michael Shahan, an ensemble consisting of a string quintet and harpsichord with the addition of woodwinds or brass, vocal soloists, and other instrumentalists.
Performances include music carefully researched by the music directors, and while the names of Vivaldi, Corelli, Scarlatti, Locatelli, and other Italian composers of the 17th and 18th centuries are now well known everywhere, the Amerita Chamber Players often introduces audiences to less familiar works of great artistic merit.
Voluntary contributions help the Society sustain the high caliber of the Amerita Chamber Players free concert series. Please contact us to make a tax deductible gift.