RING AROUND CONSORT
Since 1993 the vocal quartet Ring Around (Vera Marenco, Manuela Litro, Umberto Bartolini and Alberto Longhi), has enjoyed public and critical success thanks to its particular blend of voices and its special communicative ability in performance. The group specialises in presenting early secular polyphonic repertoire—frottole, villanelle, madrigals and chansons—in a theatrical setting where the visual component is as important as the musical. Ring Around has a busy concert schedule in Italy, including La Fenice, Venice, I Concerti del Quirinale, Rome, La Pergola, Florence, Teatro Politeama Garibaldi, Palermo, I Turchini, Naples, the Spoleto Festival, the Bologna Festival, and abroad. Praised by Giancarlo Menotti and The Hilliard Ensemble, the quartet has given world premières of works by contemporary composers, including Ennio Morricone.