The Sierra Nevada College Choir’s 32nd annual Holiday Concert is bringing Antonio Vivaldi’s much loved Gloria to Incline Village on Thursday November 30th and Saturday December 2nd. Both performances are at 7 pm, at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, 341 Village Blvd.
Gloria will be the centerpiece of a joyous program of seasonal favorites for everyone. Tickets are available at The Potlatch, Handmade at the Lake, and the SNC Campus Store in Incline Village, at The Store in Tahoe City, and from choir members. Tickets are $15 presale, $20 at the door, and free for kids 12 and under and the SNC community.
The SNC Choir includes students and faculty from the college and community members from around Lake Tahoe. It has been bringing high quality live classical and popular music to Incline Village since 1985.
About Vivaldi’s Gloria
Antonio Vivaldi (1678 – 1741) composed this Gloria in Venice around 1715 for the choir of the Ospedale della Pietà. The Ospedale was a wealthy orphanage for girls which placed a special emphasis on its excellent music education. Most of the ‘orphans’ were the illegitimate daughters of the city’s wealthy noblemen and their numerous mistresses. Vivaldi, a virtuoso violinist, was the violin master at the Ospedale for most of his career. He composed many sacred works for the choir and hundreds of instrumental concertos for the girls’ orchestra.
The wonderfully sunny nature of Vivaldi’s music gives it an immediate and universal appeal. This piece presents the Gloria from the traditional Latin Mass in 12 short movements that range from festive brilliance to profound sadness.
Vivaldi enjoyed considerable success during his lifetime, but he squandered his fortune through extravagance. When he died in Vienna he was buried in a pauper’s grave. The Gloria lay undiscovered until it was found buried among a pile of forgotten manuscripts almost two centuries later. The first modern performance of the now familiar original version was not until 1957, at the First Festival of Baroque Choral Music at Brooklyn College, NY.
(Program notes courtesy of Peter Carey of the Royal Free Singers)