Boulevard of Baroquen Dreams

Johann Sebastian Bach may be one of the greatest composers of all time, but during his lifetime he was little known except as a simple church organist and choir teacher. Yet, it was in his music that the many different forms and styles of the Baroque came together and were brought to perfection. It is no exaggeration to say that he single-handedly brought the musical ideas of his time to the peak of their development.

During the same time, Antonio Vivaldi (the Red Priest - known so for his red hair!) held a simliar position as a teacher and choir master, however, where Bach was little known Vivaldi had wide reaching influence across Europe. A virtuoso violinist, he is primarily known today for his instrumental works, though his choral works are equally masterful.

In this chamber music program we'll feature Vivaldi's "Winter" (from the "Four Seasons"), as well as highlights from his "Gloria" alongside Bach's third Brandenburg Concerto and his Cantata 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben" (the "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" cantata) in the beautiful intimacy of the Nordstrom Great Hall alongside a roaring fire.