The Presbyterian College Chamber Orchestra will present its first concert of the semester on Monday, February 12 at 7:30 p.m. in Edmunds Hall. The program is dedicated to the music of Antonio Vivaldi, who lived from 1678 to 1741. Today, Vivaldi is regarded as one of the most popular composers in the world of classical music.
PC student soloists include Harris Banks, Trenton Byrd, Hanna Davidson, Paul Peart II, and Jarvernique Tinsley on the Concerto for Four Violins and the Concerto Grosso L’Estro Armonico, Op. 3, No. 2. The soloists are directed by Department of Music faculty member Dr. Richard Thomas.
Guest cellist Idris Chandler, from Columbia, SC, will play the Cello Concerto RV 399. Chandler was a public school orchestra director for 10 years. He now maintains a private studio with Freeway Music. He also performs in the Resonance String Quartet and the guitar/ and cello duo “DayClean.” The duo combines elements of soul, folk, and hip-hop to create a unique and eclectic sound.
The orchestra will also perform the Sinfonia “Al Santo Sepolcro” and the Sinfonia RV 122. Dr. Karen Buckland, professor of music and the director of keyboard studies at PC, will serve as harpsichord continuo player.
An ordained Catholic priest, Vivaldi was known as “The Red Priest” because of his red hair. He served as music teacher at a girls’ orphanage in Venice called the Ospedale della Pietà. He worked there for forty years. Vivaldi became famous throughout Europe for the hundreds of spirited instrumental works he wrote for the all-girls orchestra at the orphanage.
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