The San Francisco Girls Chorus, long recognized as one of the world's most respected vocal ensembles -- and winner of five Grammy Awards -- takes the stage at Herbst Theatre to present music of the Italian Baroque and works originally sung by the young female orphans of the 18th century Venetian Ospedali. You'll also hear the featured presentation of Vivaldi's Gloria
in its original treble chorus arrangement. Baroque giant Antonio Vivaldi wore many hats during his musical career, including those of composer, violinist, priest, teacher and, extraordinarily, violinist and composer at Venice's Ospedale della Pietà (Devout Hospital of Mercy), an orphanage that was unparalleled in its schooling of young women in music. This program dazzles with some of the most virtuosic, technically challenging and sublime music Vivaldi wrote for the ethereal voices of his young charges, in addition to other favored music of the time. The evening begins with a pre-concert talk with novelist Barbara Quick, whose best-selling novel, Vivaldi's Virgins
, evokes the era and its music.
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