Vivaldi’s Gloria Featured in Holiday Concert

Friday, December 6, 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, December 7, 2 p.m.  St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 2201 Dexter St., Denver, Colorado

Begin the holiday season with a celebration of the famous Vivaldi Gloria by the One World Singers and guest chamber orchestra, as well as holiday favorites and arrangements.

Antonio Lucio Vivaldi composed this Gloria in Venice, probably in 1715, for the choir of the Ospedale della Pietà, an orphanage for girls (or more probably a home, generously endowed by the girls’ “anonymous” fathers, for the illegitimate daughters of Venetian noblemen and their mistresses). The Ospedale prided itself on the quality of its musical education and the excellence of its choir and orchestra. Vivaldi, a priest, music teacher and virtuoso violinist, composed many sacred works for the Ospedale, where he spent most of his career, as well as hundreds of instrumental concertos to be played by the girls’ orchestra. This, his most famous choral piece, presents the traditional Gloria from the Latin Mass in twelve varied cantata-like sections.  The wonderfully sunny nature of the Gloria, with its distinctive melodies and rhythms, is characteristic of all of Vivaldi’s music, giving it an immediate and universal appeal.  Tickets are $20 each; children 12 and under admitted free.

NOTE:  tickets may be picked up at will-call before the concert.  They will NOT be mailed.

December 6, 7:30pm, Tickets $20 each


December 7, 2:00pm, Tickets $20 each


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