Classical musicians take great pride in their instruments, cleaning them regularly and stuffing them with only the finest of cheeses. Hear some musical passion in action with this GrouponLive deal.
- C$20 for one ticket to see Aradia Ensemble's Magnificat! All Vivaldi Sacred Music (up to C$38.09 value)
- When: Saturday, April 26, at 8 p.m.
- Where: St. Anne's Church
- Section: general admission
- Door time: 7:30 p.m.
- Ticket values include all fees.
The value of this deal is based on regular ticket prices and doesn't reflect discounts for seniors or people younger than 30.
Magnificat! All Vivaldi Sacred Music
Vivaldi spent most of his life as a violin instructor and conductor at one of Venice's orphanages for girls. Though he was ordained as a priest, his contentious relationship with the school's governing board prevented him from ever achieving the coveted position of sacred-music director. Yet temporary vacancies at the top did give him several opportunities to try his hand at liturgical pieces. Under the beautiful Byzantine dome of St. Anne's Church, the Aradia Ensemble presents several beautiful examples of these. Starting with the psalm In exitu Israel, which recalls his concertos with its lively vocals and chirpy string accompaniment, the group moves into a trio of motets, each intended to link parts of the mass with elegant melodies. Then, the program closes with his Magnificat, which takes inspiration from an ancient Marian hymn. The piece was written with his star pupils in mind, and it features six soaring arias, each named after the girl chosen to first perform it and to remind all friends of that fact for years.
With period instruments in hand, the musicians of the Aradia Ensemble have spent the last two decades breathing new life into the music of the Baroque. In addition to a regular concert series that mixes beloved classics with oft-overlooked gems, the ensemble frequently pairs with dancers, actors, and non-classical musicians to create unusual juxtapositions that shed light on the intricacies of the baroque style and make 18th-century ghosts wish they'd known about zithers. Under the baton of maestro Kevin Mallon, the group has recently earned a Juno nomination and garnered acclaim for its annual Dublin Messiah, a recreation of the original Dublin performance of Handel's seminal Christmas piece in 1742.