Aradia Ensemble Presents: Thunderbird
- The Music Gallery, Toronto ON
Aradia continues its popular exploration of the Sacred Music of Vivaldi with a concert in one of Toronto’s most beautiful sacred spaces: St Anne’s on Gladstone Avenue.
It is well known that Vivaldi was the violin teacher at the Venetian girls orphanage Pio Ospedale della Pietà (Devout Hospital of Mercy). It is often assumed that he wrote his religious music as part of that job. This seems to not be the case, rather that this music resulted from a pure act of devotion. It is fitting then, that this concert be in a church and especially to be in St. Anne’s, which is the only Anglican Church in Canada to boast a Byzantine dome and to be decorated by members of the Group of Seven.
Music in this project:
In exitu Israel, RV 604 for choir and orchestra
Invicti, bellate – RV 628 , Motet for Contralto and strings
In turbato mare irato, RV627 for soprano and strings
Vestro principi divino, RV 633 Motet for alto, strings
Magnificat in G Minor RV. 611 for soli, choir and orchestra
Aradia Ensemble Choir and Orchestra, Directed by Kevin Mallon
Claire de Sévigné, soprano
Maria Soulis, contralto
Aradia was the daughter of Apollo’s twin sisters, who was sent by the gods to teach humankind to order the music of the natural world into song.
Aradia Ensemble is a not-for-profit music group that specializes in the performance of Baroque music and also performs classical chamber, orchestral and vocal repertoire on period instruments. Aradia endeavours to advance an appreciation and greater public understanding of these repertoires through an annual concert series, tours and recordings.
Aradia is committed to developing and presenting fresh approaches to baroque music by engaging young musicians and embracing creative partnerships that highlight the baroque style through juxtapositions and complementarities with a range of art forms.
The Aradia Ensemble was formed in 1996 as a musicians’ collective, becoming fully professional in 1999. Aradia has worked tirelessly to develop new talent and interest in Baroque music. Under the dynamic leadership of music director Kevin Mallon, Aradia presents a regular concert series in Toronto, and has toured extensively across Ontario, Canada and internationally (New Zealand, the USA, Ireland and Italy). From 2010-2014, Aradia was Orchestra in Residence for COSI (The Centre for Opera Studies in Italy) in Sulmona, Italy. Aradia performed in Newfoundland (2011) and performed with the Halifax Summer Opera Festival in Nova Scotia in 2014.
Aradia has a long history of involvement with education and outreach activities. The ensemble is the mentor group for The Kingsway Conservatory Strings founded by Aradia violinist Elyssa Lefurgey Smith, which often performs alongside Aradia.
Aradia has a major recording contract with Naxos records, with over 50 CDs, some of which have won or been nominated for international prizes, including a JUNO nomination in 2009. This has helped the ensemble gain a strong presence in the Canadian musical landscape, as Aradia receives significant airtime on CBC and other classical music stations. Aradia has benefitted from positive reviews that stand as markers of the ensemble’s artistic excellence. Aradia’s most recent recording, a 3CD set of Handel concerti grossi opus 6 to be released in April 2013, has garnered interest in the international press (BBC Music Magazine feature, Gramophone magazine review etc.) Aradia has recently negotiated an ambitious recording program with Naxos for the coming years.
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