Lulu presents: Baroque Europe: A Musical Journey with Contrasto Armonico

Lulu Performing Arts Society

Press Release

Wednesday, May 1 2019

Contrasto Armonico is Marco Vitale (Italy), Enrique Gomez-Cabrero Fernandez (Spain) and Romeo Ciuffa (Italy). This renowned ensemble based in the Netherlands focuses on the performance of baroque music using copies of original instruments, and historical performance practices. The goal of their ensemble is to get as close as possible to the style and aesthetic intended by the composer. Their performance on Gabriola will be Contrasto Armonico’s debut performance in Canada. “Baroque Europe: A Musical Journey,” will feature compositions by Telemann, Sammartini, Williams, Senaille, Boismortier, Purcell, and Quantz. Contrasto Armonico will bring with them a beautiful single register harpsichord, based on a 17th century Flemish instrument and built by Fabrizio Acanfora in Barcelona. These players are highly respected throughout Europe and will astound with their musicianship and virtuosity. 

Marco Vitale is the co-founder and musical director of Contrasto Armonico. He is currently involved in the recordings of the Complete Italian Cantatas by Handel (Brilliant Classics), a thrilling project that will bring light on many undiscovered jewels of Handel, which are neither edited nor recorded. Marco earned a bachelor’s degree in organ with Jos van der Kooy and a master’s degree in early music (harpsichord) with Ton Koopman. Enrique Gómez-Cabrero Fernández earned his violin degree with Francisco Comesaña in the Conservatorio Profesional de Música de la Comunidad de Madrid in 2005. Romeo Ciuffa focused on the recorder and baroque flute at the Conservatoire “O. Respighi” in Latina under the instruction of Maestro Paolo Capirci. He has attended master-classes in Italy and abroad with Marion Verrebruggen, Dan Laurin, Kees Boeke and Pedro Memelsdorff. Three masterful performers coming together for a night not to be missed. 

Join Lulu Performing Arts on Monday, May 13, 7:30 p.m., in the Phoenix Auditorium at The Haven for an evening of exquisite music. Advance tickets are $25 at North Road Sports and Clothing, $30 at the door, and $5 for Youth (16 & under). For more information please visit or email